November 6, 2023 Philanthropists Ed and Linda Whitacre give $1 million to support UTSA engineering programs, new athletics facility

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UTSA has received a $1 million contribution from longtime university supporter and former AT&T CEO Ed Whitacre and his wife, Linda, to support the Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design (Klesse College) and UTSA Athletics.

A commitment of $500,000 will establish an endowment directly supporting the Klesse College’s Student Success Center, which was established in 2016. The center provides students with opportunities that help drive their personal and professional growth and development. It also serves as the central point of contact for industry professionals in engineering, architecture and related fields to connect with students regarding mentorships, networking events, internships and employment.

The Whitacres’ generosity will support tutoring, student organizations, professional development programming and undergraduate research experiences. The direct impact of their gift will advance the retention, career placement, persistence rates and academic performance of the college’s students.

"The Whitacres' unwavering commitment to the Klesse College and the creation of this endowment signify their generosity and serve as a foundation for our students' intellectual, personal and professional development,” said Eric Brey, Edward E. Whitacre Jr. Endowed Chair in Mechanics, David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair, and interim dean of the Klesse College. “It fosters an environment for academic growth and crucial career opportunities, ensuring our students are exceptionally well-prepared to thrive when they enter the professional world post-graduation.”

Engineering opened many doors for me, including my first job. It has always been important for me to support students following a similar path.

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