Charles Butt Invests $100 Million in New Education Leadership Institute

  • January 18, 2017
  • News

A group of education leaders that includes Ruth Simmons, the first African-
American president of an Ivy League university, gathered in Austin Tuesday morning to announce the establishment of the Holdsworth Center for Excellence in Education Leadership. The public education leadership institute was founded by Charles Butt, the chairman and CEO of H-E-B, who has pledged $100 million of his personal wealth to support the endeavor.

The center is named after his mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt (1903-93), a prominent Texas philanthropist and wife of H-E-B Grocery Company founder Howard Edward Butt Sr.

The new center, which will be located on property along Town Lake in downtown Austin, represents the biggest private investment ever made in public education in the state. The institute will offer continuing leadership training to public school educators in Texas… Read more from the Rivard Report