(Feb. 3, 2014) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio announced today that it has selected Kay Thomas to serve as its next associate vice president for development and principal gifts. Thomas has more than two decades of experience in philanthropic fundraising, external relations and marketing. She will begin at UTSA in March.
Thomas joins UTSA from UT Austin, where she secured significant philanthropic support for the university's College of Natural Sciences, most recently as associate dean for external relations.
During the last eight years, her team garnered $274 million in total philanthropy to support the college including $44 million in new endowment gifts resulting in the establishment of 153 endowments. In total, she oversaw the stewardship of 527 endowments worth $331 million while at UT Austin.
At UTSA, Thomas will continue the momentum of the university's inaugural capital campaign, We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign. The campaign, a critical component in UTSA's bid to become a Tier One research institution, supports graduate student scholarships, top undergraduate recruitment, faculty research and athletics facilities.
When launched in 2012, We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign had a goal of raising $120 million by 2015. In mid-2013, however, the university reached that goal and President Ricardo Romo set a new objective of securing a total of $175 million before the campaign's conclusion.
"Kay Thomas is a talented fundraising professional who brings a tremendous passion and dedication to higher education and philanthropy," said Marjie French, UTSA vice president for external relations. "Her efforts will help UTSA take its next important step toward Tier One recognition as a premier research institution."
Thomas is a graduate of Troy State University, where she earned her M.P.A. with honors, and of Texas A&M University, College Station, where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration.
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 29,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service.
The university 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.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.