Posted: Mon 11:35 AM, Jan 21, 2013
September 13, 1955 - January 12, 2013
Linda L. Glessner, 57, of Austin, Texas, passed away at 9:28 a.m., Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. She was born September 13, 1955 in Junction City, Kansas, to Edgar and Genevieve Glessner.
She is survived by her life partner of 23 years Charles A. "Les" Henne of San Antonio; her parents Edgar and Genevieve Glessner of Junction City, Kansas; brother David Glessner, his wife Patricia and niece Danielle Aguilar of San Antonio; brother Darrel Glessner, nephew Tyler Glessner and nieces Jade White and Dara Glessner of Junction City, Kansas; and brother Dana Jon Glessner, his wife Cassie Campbell, nephews Dane Bryan, Dominick Jon Campbell, nieces Kristina Campbell and Diamond Rowland, and great nephew Dana J. Puckett of Abilene, Kansas.
She died of complications after an extended illness.
Linda lived in Austin, Texas, where she was the executive director of the Division of Continuing and Innovative Education at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, she directed operations for six educational units based at the university. Linda was well known for her great passion for promoting the education of all people. This passion was a hallmark of her career, and she approached each day with tremendous energy, wit and creativity.
Linda loved traveling, skiing, mountain biking, running and exploring the latest culinary trends. She leaves an indelible imprint on her family, friends and colleagues, and will be dearly missed.
Prior to working at the University, Linda worked from 2000 to 2007 as the director for Continuing and Professional Studies in the Office of the Vice President for Research at Texas A&M University. She also worked for several years (1988 – 2000) in training, educational affairs and community relations at United Services Automobile Association (USAA).
In her distinguished career, Linda was an accomplished advisor to industry, public schools, non-profit organizations and higher education as an administrator or visiting faculty member. She worked with such organizations as the Center for Reform of School Systems, Halliburton and Toyota. Her work laid the groundwork for dozens of initiatives, including the Governor of Texas: Lone Star Leaders Program, (1996), Texas A&M's Continuing and Professional Studies, (2006-2007), and Women in Development (WID), (2003-2004), among many others.
As a result of her professional achievements, Linda received several nominations and appointments, including Ambassador-elect, Points of Light Foundation, The White House, (1991-1992); Business Advisor for Governor George W. Bush's Lone Star Leaders Program, (1996-1997); Ambassador, San Antonio Rotary Club to France, (1995-1996); Chair, Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce – Forward San Antonio III, (1997-2000); Chair, Futures & Markets Commission, University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), (2011-2013); and Chair, University of Texas Academic Deans Issues Forum, (2009-2013).
She held numerous board positions for Austin non-profit organizations, chambers, businesses and schools. She also served as a member of the Executive Advisory Board –Workforce and Economic Development for Advent GX, an experiential tourism think tank for entrepreneurism.
Linda earned her PhD in Organizational Behavior from Texas A&M University, after earning a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education/Public Health Administration from Kansas State University.
A memorial gathering will be held on Wednesday, January 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Under the Oaks dining room of the Thompson Conference Center (TCC), 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, Texas 78712. A Memory Book is available online to share condolences with family and friends at http://lindaglessner.wordpress.com/
At her family's suggestion, memorial donations may be made to the Division of Continuing and Innovative Education at The University of Texas at Austin to honor Linda's dedicated career to the advancement of education for all people. Memorial donations may be made by mail to the Linda Glessner Memorial Fund, The University of Texas at Austin, P.O. Box 7817, Austin, Texas 78713 or online at http://lindaglessner.wordpress.com/cards-and-gifts/.