The Office of External Relations connects The University of Texas System with the public through strategic communication and interaction. With five areas of expertise, External Relations is prepared to assist and collaborate with each of the 14 UT institutions and UT System administrative offices to provide the public with an array of resources.
Development and Gift Planning Services supports the fundraising efforts of the UT institutions and encourages private support for the chancellor’s initiatives by providing experienced counsel and centralized functions as they relate to gifts, endowment management, compliance and stewardship, naming opportunities and estate and trust administration.
The Office of Communications is responsible for developing and overseeing The University of Texas System’s external and internal efforts to inform and engage the public, employees and other constituents on a timely basis. The media relations team works directly with local, state and national journalists and all UT institutions to respond to incoming media requests and to convey initiatives of the UT System and UT institutions. It is also engaged in official communications on behalf of the Chancellor’s Office and Office of the Board of Regents. The internal communications, digital & web services, and creative services teams serve all UT System executive offices and departments with communications needs. It administers and manages the System website and all other digital and print media, and it collaborates with colleagues at UT System and throughout the state to lead, implement and maintain top-level communications tools.
The Center for Enhancing Philanthropy (CEP) advances the missions of the UT System and UT institutions as a cost-effective strategic partner to strengthen fundraising programs and expand the role of philanthropy. The Center accomplishes its purpose by providing data and assessments that reveal industry best practices, system-wide benchmarking, and tailored analyses for data-driven decision making. CEP also runs the Advancement Academy, a highly-rated professional development program that offers customized training to develop and retain quality advancement professionals.
Community and Donor Relations builds and maintains relationships with constituent groups, promoting the value and contributions that higher education, health care and research provide to communities across Texas. Promotes an understanding about the UT System and community needs.
Special Events plans and implements special events for The University of Texas System Board of Regents, Chancellor and other UT System officials. The Special Events team also works with System offices with event logistics and protocol and collaborates with UT institutions and staff members on planning and executing official and special events.