The Austin College community congratulates Todd and Abby Williams on their upcoming honor, to be named Outstanding Philanthropists by the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the organization’s National Philanthropy Day Awards Friday in Dallas.
Nominated by Austin College for this honor, Todd and Abby are well-known on campus. Todd, a 1982 graduate, has served on the College’s Board of Trustees since 2001 and has just begun service as chair of the board. Abby has served on the Global Outreach Forum Advisory Committee, assisting in planning the annual event surrounding the awarding of the Austin College Posey Leadership Award. The two have been generous supporters of Austin College, enhancing student experiences through scholarships, campus beautification, building projects, campus lectures, Global Outreach Fellowships, and academic programs. The two are charter members of the College’s Founders Society, “those individuals who have embraced the ideals envisioned by the founders and who, through extraordinary philanthropy and lifetime giving, have been foremost in the success of the College.”
Todd’s and Abby’s philanthropy and service extends beyond Austin College. They chair the regional advisory board for Teach For America in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and helped establish and support the Williams Preparatory School in Dallas. Todd serves as executive director of Commit!, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Dallas County children realize their full potential and as chair of the Dallas Independent School District’s Citizen Budget Review Commission as well as education policy advisor to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. In addition to Abby’s work in education, she serves on the board of Dallas Women’s Foundation. She is a graduate of SMU.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives.