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February 23, 2012 / charityprofiles

Joe Batson’s Gifts to Texas

Growing up in a family culture of philanthropy changes who we are inside and also alters the community and, often, the world we live in. It changes our perspective on material wealth and what is really important. Descending from hearty Texas Panhandle pioneer stock, Joe Batson learned from an early age the importance of working hard and how to serve for the joy of contributing to society. He has followed in his ancestors’ footsteps, particularly when it comes to his beloved state of Texas.

A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), where he earned a B.A. in Radio-Television-Film and Communication, Joe Batson has shown abiding loyalty to the institution. A lifetime member of Texas Exes, the university’s alumni association, he also serves on the President’s Council. In other service to the school, the proud graduate sits on the College of Fine Arts Advisory Council. The group endeavors to grow, develop, and maintain the excellence of the college within the university and the state of Texas. Additionally, Mr. Batson co-founded and serves on the Board of Directors of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at UT Austin.

An equal opportunity supporter of education, the philanthropist also serves as a member of the President’s Circle of West Texas A&M University by virtue of his generous donations. A founder and lifetime member of the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation, he assisted in bringing the popular outside musical presentation of “Texas” to the area. Previously, he served on the board of the Amarillo Tri-State Exposition. Achieving every boy’s dream, he received an appointment from the Governor as an Honorary Texas Ranger. In recognition of his dedication and service to the community, Joe Batson earned Citizen of the Year honors in 2007 from the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association.

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