A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT | March 2013
You may have seen in the news the UTSA Institute for Economic Development issued a new study showing that development in 2012 in the Eagle Ford Shale region added more than $61 billion in economic impact across a 20-county region in Central and South Texas, supporting 116,000 jobs.
The study is the fifth examining the Eagle Ford over the last year alone, making UTSA the leading source of information about the growth and impact of this South Texas phenomenon.
This research underscores the essential role of higher education in public service and economic development. Many people look to UTSA for expertise, and we realize that what we do makes our community and state a better place.
Across the university, work is taking place in our centers and institutes that advances the public good. We are supporting new entrepreneurs and collaborating with local and state organizations to develop new businesses that promote clean technology and a thriving economy. Other research and community outreach programs are transforming the energy future of the city, state and nation and creating sustainable communities.
We are conducting infectious disease research to develop new and effective vaccines to promote public health. UTSA laboratories are researching memory and aging, which affect learning for children, younger adults and the elderly. We are training students and governments at the local and national levels in online security capability and collaboration. And, UTSA is fostering policy discussions that positively impact children, teens, immigrants and first-generation college students.
These are just a few examples of the ways UTSA connects to the community by helping to prepare students for the workforce, create jobs and foster business development. A key indicator of a Tier One university is its contribution to society. The centers and institutes at UTSA are taking leading roles in economic development, public policy, biomedicine and community dialog. This work shows UTSA's commitment to our city and to becoming a top-tier research institution. Thanks for all you do to help us get there.