Alfred and Beverly Austin Hall to Be Dedicated

Published: Aug 9, 2005

One of the University's most loyal alumni families will see their name figuratively chiseled in stone when UT dedicates one of its newest residence halls, Alfred and Beverly Austin Hall, during a celebration on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 5:30 p.m.

The ceremony will take place in the lobby of the former Crescent Place residence hall, located on Poe Parkway, adjacent to the Vaughn Center on the UT campus. It will be followed by the dedication of the Capital Campaign Donor Recognition Wall in the Vaughn Center lobby.

While the Austins are being honored for their work on the recently-completed $83-million comprehensive capital campaign, they also are being recognized for their other contributions to the University. The husband-wife team chaired the campaign, working tirelessly to help the University meet its growth plans.

"This is not just about Al and Beverly's help during the campaign, but about a lifetime of contribution and dedication stretching back to 1947 when Al was at UT. They have always been more than just friends, and have helped guide what the University has become," said President Ron Vaughn.

Al Austin, a former UT board chairman (1986-88) and currently chairman emeritus, is a successful Tampa developer and businessman who is active in many charities and civic causes. He also is involved in state and national Republican politics.

Al and Beverly were awarded honorary doctorates in public service during the December 2004 Commencement exercises. This is the University's highest honor and is conferred only on persons of special merit who have gained professional recognition and whose outstanding achievements embody the goals and values of the University's mission.

Austin Hall is a nine-story, 448-bed facility that was completed in 1998 and represented the first step in a major reconstruction of residence halls on campus that continues today.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Information at publicinfo@ut.edu or (813) 253-6232.