Bush served Trinity's Board of Trustees from 1978-81
World War II fighter pilot, congressman, two-term U.S. vice president, U.S. president, and elder statesman. These are but a few of the many historic duties performed by George H.W. Bush in service of our country. Additionally, Trinity University remembers Bush as Trustee Emeritus, with three years of service from 1978-81 on Trinity's Board of Trustees.
On Feb. 8, 1978, between his time as director of the CIA and 41st president of the United States, Bush arrived in San Antonio for his first meeting as a Trustee for the Trinity Board. He arrived without a press conference or fanfare because “he is a Board member first,” said Tex Taylor, then-director of public relations for Trinity, in an interview with the University’s newspaper, the Trinitonian. Taylor went on to say that Bush’s appointment would “widen the Board’s geographical base and carry with it the potential for more national recognition and awareness of Trinity University.”
Bush served as a distinguished member of the Trinity University Board of Trustees until he was chosen to serve as vice president under President Ronald Reagan in 1981. In a proclamation from the Board, he was bestowed the title of Trinity University Trustee Emeritus for “one who has served the University with particular distinction.”
As the world remembers an exceptional leader today, we recall a Trustee and friend to the University who demonstrated his commitment well beyond his time as a member of the Board. The Trinity family offers the Bush family our sincerest condolences and our deepest thanks for his warm and generous service to the University.