(Feb. 17, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has received a $5 million, five-year commitment from H-E-B to establish a fund that supports the recruitment of world-class faculty to UTSA as it advances to Tier One status.
The H-E-B Faculty Research Excellence Fund matches other private gifts dollar for dollar, providing a total of $10 million for endowed professorships and chairs across the university's nine colleges.
The H-E-B pledge is the largest private matching gift in the university's history.
The endowment will significantly contribute to UTSA's progress toward designation as a premier research institution by enabling the university to attract and recruit leading scholars and researchers through financial support for their research, teaching and other education activities. UTSA's research efforts are focused on areas that meet the needs and strengths of San Antonio: health, cyber security, sustainability, energy, and human and social development.
Currently, UTSA has 48 endowed faculty positions representing approximately 7 percent of the total tenured and tenure-track faculty positions across the university. UTSA's goal is to increase this number to 10 percent by 2016. Longer term, the university expects to have 20 percent of positions endowed.
"H-E-B's gift will have a transformational impact on UTSA and San Antonio by helping to bring world-class faculty to our community to conduct research, create new businesses that grow our economy, and inspire a new generation of leaders," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "Already, we have recruited top faculty from institutions such as MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan. We are grateful to H-E-B for its generosity in helping us continue this important work."
"H-E-B is deeply invested in the future of the Texas economy, which is anchored by how well we educate our students," said Winell Herron, H-E-B group vice president of public affairs and diversity. "Students deserve the very best educators to help inspire them and guide them toward a fulfilling career and a lifelong love of learning."
Previously, H-E-B has provided gifts of nearly $2 million to UTSA, supporting UTSA Graduate School H-E-B fellowships and scholarships for the Center for Student Professional Development.
The community is invited to the inauguration of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, the sixth president of UTSA.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
The Provost's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council hosts this forum to share and further explain the results of the survey and to offer the opportunity for faculty and staff to provide feedback.
Durango Building La Villita Room (DB 1.116), Downtown Campus
For more than 20 years, Josie Méndez-Negrete, a UTSA associate professor in Mexican American Studies, has endured the emotional journey of watching her son, Tito, struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
March Into Your Major is a major exploration fair intended to provide students with information on selecting their major.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.
Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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