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June 21, 2004

Press Contact: Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 471-7330

Alumnus Curtis W. Meadows, Jr., UT Law Class of 1962, Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Meadows is executive director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service

AUSTIN, Texas — Today The University of Texas at Austin School of Law announced that alumnus Curtis W. Meadows, Jr., UT Law class of 1962, was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the highest academic honors in the United States. Meadows received both his B.B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

"Curtis W. Meadows, Jr. is a great friend to our Law School. We are delighted that he's been honored by the Academy," said Dean Bill Powers.

Meadows currently serves as executive director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. According to the web site for the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, Mr. Meadows’ long career in the independent sector includes 18 years of service as President, CEO, and Director of the Meadows Foundation of Texas. During that time, the foundation’s assets grew from $60 million to almost $735 million, while dispensing more than $270 million in gifts and grants to assist the work of charitable and community organizations in Texas. At the time of his retirement in 1996, the Meadows Foundation was the third largest private foundation in Texas and the 39th largest in the United States. Mr. Meadows now holds the title of Director Emeritus of the Meadows Foundation.

Mr. Meadows has also held leadership positions with more than 60 charitable and community organizations, including the Board of Trustees of Austin College, the Centers for Disease Control Foundation, the Murrell Foundation, and the Dallas Bar Foundation. He also served as President and Director of the Center for Nonprofit Management, the Center for Housing Resources and as President and Board Chairman of the Conference of Southwest Foundations.

About the American Academy of Arts and Sciences:

For over 220 years, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has been honoring excellence and providing service to the nation and the world. Through independent, nonpartisan study, its ranks of distinguished "scholar-patriots" have brought the arts and sciences into constructive interplay with the leaders of both the public and private sectors.

The Academy was founded during the American Revolution by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other leaders who contributed prominently to the establishment of the new nation, its government, and its Constitution. Its purpose was to provide a forum for a select group of scholars, members of the learned professions, and government and business leaders to work together on behalf of the democratic interests of the republic. In the words of the Academy's charter, enacted in 1780, the "end and design of the institution is...to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honour, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people."

Today the Academy is an international learned society with a dual function: to elect to membership men and women of exceptional achievement, drawn from science, scholarship, business, public affairs, and the arts, and to conduct a varied program of projects and studies responsive to the needs and problems of society. With 4,000 fellows and 600 foreign honorary members, the Academy is regarded as one of the world's leading intellectual institutions.

Related links:
The American Academy of Arts & Sciences: http://www.amacad.org
RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service: http://rgkcenter.utexas.edu/index.shtml
The Meadows Foundation of Texas: http://www.mfi.org/
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