San Antonio’s urban core is expected to become a more prominent center for research if UTSA President Taylor Eighmy fulfills his vision for a greatly expanded downtown campus.
The increased activity could go a long way in supporting the University of Texas at San Antonio’s pursuit of more research talent and funding — and position the center city as a major hub for innovation.
The Alamo City’s largest public university eclipsed its previous high for research spending in fiscal 2017, with expenditures surpassing $68 million. That’s a nearly 20 percent increase over fiscal 2016.
UTSA conducts some research at its downtown campus, but the volume of that activity is expected to escalate as Eighmy and other local leaders pursue a plan that could include adding new schools built around urban science, data science and entrepreneurial innovation. UTSA’s downtown campus could also get an expanded College of Education, including an urban education innovation institute.