Letter from the President

President Powers

Being able to give to others is one of life’s great joys.  We generally refer to acts of giving as “charity,” and in our society we are fortunate to have a number of charitable organizations that help us share our abundance, in whatever way we might choose to give.  When we think about charity and being charitable, giving a monetary gift or volunteering our time and ability is typically what comes to mind.

We do well when we give to others some of what we have, whether our gift is our time, our talent, or our treasure.  However, the significance of the word “charity” runs much deeper than the notion of logging a few hours on a weekend or writing a check.  In its original ecclesiastical sense, the word “charity” signifies love—the deepest, most important kind of love.  In that sense, charitable acts bind us together and connect us with a truth that transcends our own individuality.

In tough economic times, communities are essential to our well-being.  I have been blessed throughout my life to have been supported by many communities—family, friends, church, and profession.  Of course, one of the most important communities in my life today is our University.  Every day, I come to work grateful for the opportunities I have to participate in the work we do here on the Forty Acres.  Perhaps you feel the same as I do.  Our work is satisfying because we know how much good it does for others.

These remain challenging times for many, including folks within our own University community.  I strongly encourage you to share the fruits of your work with those in need by participating in the Hearts of Texas campaign.  Ours is a community of sharing, and that community is strengthened by your acts of charity—in every sense of the word.  Our gifts can enrich others, just as others have already enriched us.

In the famous words of Paul, three things abide—faith, hope, and charity—and the greatest of these is charity.  The sentiment behind those words is timeless, as is the good we do by sharing our gifts with others.

William Powers, Jr.