Austin College truly is a ‘college that changes lives.’ I think it’s important for us, as alumni, to acknowledge what Austin College has done for us. Doing so inspires me to give back and participate in improving the lives of today’s ’Roos.
– Jeanne Thoes ’84
Jeanne Thoes ’84 first discovered the magic of Austin College as a student. As an alumna, she saw the magic continue in the many relationships that make up the Austin College community. Through her role as Alumni Board president, she now can confirm that magic exists in ALL things Austin College.
While Jeanne always has valued the connections she has made with students, alumni, trustees, faculty, and staff, her service on the Alumni Board has given her a new understanding of the inner workings of the campus. “I appreciate everyone who works so hard to make good things happen!” she said. “Austin College truly is a ‘college that changes lives.’ I think it’s important for us, as alumni, to acknowledge what Austin College has done for us. Doing so inspires me to give back and participate in improving the lives of today’s ’Roos.”
In addition to helping today’s ’Roos, Jeanne and her husband, Tony, will be changing the lives of future ’Roos through an estate gift. “We included Austin College in our estate plans because the future will need people who share our values. My husband and I support caring for animals, the homeless, veterans, and supporting educational opportunities. We also value those who work hard in business, medicine, law, theology, and service to others. We admire people who contribute to the good of society through service and productivity. The charitable causes dear to us and these vocations vital to a healthy society will always require caring servant leaders to move them forward. By giving to Austin College, we’re making an investment in the people who will be prepared and willing to serve and contribute in the future.”
Today, Jeanne sees in the eyes of current students the willingness to help others that she first saw in her fellow students 33 years ago. “I think that caring about others and being willing to be part of solutions is in Austin College’s DNA. I believe its graduates—today and in the future—are going to choose to do good, serving where there are needs and contributing to the common good of society. That’s why I give—and encourage my fellow alumni to do the same.”
To learn more, contact Suzanne Crouch, CFRE, associate vice president for Institutional Advancement and executive director of estate planning, at 415.686.6965.