PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College will honor Senator Larry Taylor with its 2022 Legacy Award at the College’s 60th Anniversary Gala presented by LyondellBasell and the Sinor Family.
The gala will take place on Friday, May 20, 2022, at the LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology on the San Jacinto College Central Campus. Tickets are now on sale online at sanjac.edu/gala.
“We are honoring Senator Taylor as this year’s Legacy Award recipient because of his unwavering commitment to education in Texas,” said Teri Crawford, San Jacinto College Foundation executive director and vice chancellor for external relations. “Senator Taylor has been a friend to San Jacinto College and a champion for our students and employees for many years. This is just a small token of our appreciation for his nearly 20 years of service to our region and to the state of Texas.”
Taylor will also deliver the keynote address at the gala.
Before his election to the Texas Senate in 2012, he served five terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Currently, Senator Taylor serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education and as a member of three other Senate committees: Higher Education; Water and Rural Affairs; and the budget-writing Finance Committee where he serves as chair of Article III for education and higher education funding. He also serves as a member of the Legislative Budget Board, a permanent joint committee responsible for developing budget and policy recommendations for legislative appropriations.
During the 86th Legislative session in 2019, Senator Taylor sponsored House Bill 3, a comprehensive overhaul of the school finance system, and authored Senate bill 11, an omnibus school safety bill. He was also a member of the state budget conference committee, a select group of 10 legislators chosen to make budget decisions before the bill is voted on by the entire legislature.
Senator Taylor represents Senate district 11, which is comprised of portions of Brazoria, Galveston, and Harris counties. A native Texan raised in Friendswood and a Baylor University graduate, Taylor and his wife, Kerri, have three adult children and four young grandchildren. Senator Taylor formerly owned Truman Taylor Insurance Agency, which merged with Galveston Insurance Associates after Hurricane Harvey.
Funds raised at the gala will benefit the student success endowment in support of Promise @ San Jac scholarships. The Promise scholarship offers money to cover tuition and books for high school seniors who reside in the College’s taxing district. The scholarship will cover up to three years of tuition and books, so that students can focus on completing their certificate or associate degree without worrying about how to pay for classes. Students are required to enroll at San Jacinto College the fall semester after their graduation, and must take at least 12 credit hours each semester.
In addition to LyondellBasell and the Sinor Family as presenting sponsors, additional sponsors include: Game Changer Sponsor, Brenda and Rusty Hellyer; Inspiration Maker Sponsors, Steve Cowart, Kevin and Teri Crawford; Mission Sponsors, Page, INEOS, BASF, East Harris County Manufacturers Association, HEB, and Mays Middleton for Texas Senate; Valet Sponsor, AMOCO Federal Credit Union; Activation Sponsors, IBI Group and Memorial Hermann Hospital (Southeast and Pearland). 1Vision is underwriting event printing.
Additional sponsorships are available. Visit the gala website for sponsorship details, or call Teri Crawford at 281-998-6152.
Gala guests can expect to enjoy a delicious gourmet meal, engagement opportunities with San Jacinto College students and scholarship recipients, and a silent auction.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, evolving industries, maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the people of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top five community colleges in the nation as designated by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence, and was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College spans five campuses serving approximately 41,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates across eight major areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.