Philanthropic Updates from The University of Texas at Dallas

Legacy Society Provides Lasting Impact

By Alexandra Hopkins  |  May 15, 2018

A growing number of alumni and friends are leaving their marks on The University of Texas at Dallas by making planned gifts that will impact the University for years to come.

“I’ve been involved with the University since 1984, both in a personal and professional capacity,” said Dr. Robert J. Potter, president of R. J. Potter Co. and a member of the University’s Development Board. “Even though I am not a graduate of UT Dallas, I am proud to have watched this institution grow to be a strong and diverse university.”

Potter is a new member of the Legacy Society, a group of generous individuals who have made gifts via their wills, stock contributions or other planned gift commitments to the University.

“In my desire to continue strengthening UT Dallas indefinitely, I made a planned gift to support the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, which allowed me to leave a legacy contribution without giving up assets during my lifetime,” Potter said.

Planned gifts do not have to cost anything today and might include gifts that name UT Dallas as a beneficiary of retirement accounts or a life insurance policy. Donors may choose gifts that pay them income for life, with rates ranging from 4-9 percent, and they can designate contributions for either specific areas or unrestricted support. Such gifts are invaluable to UT Dallas and provide the University with the opportunity to plan for future growth, knowing these philanthropic commitments will be realized in years to come.

“Though I am philanthropically supportive of other organizations within our community and elsewhere, UT Dallas remains a strong priority for me,” Potter said.

The Legacy Society members — now numbering more than 100 — are recognized annually at a private luncheon, as well as invited to other special campus events and seminars.

Visit to learn more, or contact Anna LeBlanc, director of gift planning, at 972.883.6023.