The Texas Union Advisory Council was created by the Regents of The University of Texas System in April 1983 the fiftieth anniversary year of The Texas Union and The University's centennial year.
Initially, nine appointed members were authorized. Within a few years, that number grew to fifteen. In 1993, the number of appointed members was increased to twenty-one, and then to thirty. Other categories of Council membership are senior active, life, honorary and ex offcio.
The Advisory Council has a broad mandate to assist the Unions in achieving its long-range goals by undertaking fund-raising activities to support specific programs and goals; by working actively to develop a broad base of support for the Union's role on campus and in undergraduate life; by advocating on behalf of the Unions both on and off the campus; and by sharing experiences and historical perspectives with Union students and staff.
Key initiatives of the Advisory Council during the past two decades include:
- Establishing an endowed lectureship
- Establishing the Student Awards Endowment
- Creating the Sinclair Society, a recognition group for planned giving donors
- Establishing the annual campus-wide J.J. "Jake" Pickle Citizenship Award
- Establishing the GRants for Active Student Participants (GRASP) endowment to foster student participation in Union programs and committees