Cecilia Abbott, First Lady of Texas
Cecilia Abbott is not only the wife of the governor of Texas; she has been a teacher, vice-principal and principal at several Catholic schools across Texas. Most recently she served as the principal of the Cathedral School of St. Mary in Austin from 1996–2001.
She has three degrees, including a master's in theology, from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education from St. Thomas.
Her commitment to education runs deep. She currently serves on the board of several educational organizations—the University of St. Thomas Board of Directors, the Huston-Tillotson University Board of Directors, the St. Gabriel’s Catholic School Board of Trustees and the Cathedral School of St. Mary Advisory Board.
She is a former member of the State Board for Educator Certification, where she served from 2001–08, and also served on advisory boards for the Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas Chapter, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Texas Regional Office, the Holy Trinity Seminary, the Catholic Diocese of Austin Schools, Ballet Austin and the Principals’ Center at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
She is also active in numerous philanthropic groups; such as the Women’s Symphony League of Austin, the Dell Children’s Women’s Trust and is a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
Indeed, her life story is mindful that the American dream is alive and well. Her grandparents were Mexican immigrants. She was raised in San Antonio by parents who were both educators and who instilled in their children a love of learning and helping others. Her most important achievement is as a proud mother to her daughter, Audrey, and a devoted wife to her husband of 35 years, the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott. With her husband’s election as governor, she made history by becoming the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas. The Abbott Family lives in Austin with their two dogs, Oreo and Pancake.