Former Valero CEO and Chairman of the Board Bill Klesse and his wife, Margie, have committed a transformational $20 million gift to The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Engineering and Integrated Design to advance student success through the creation of new endowments for student scholarships, faculty support and programs to promote student success. In recognition of the gift, The University of Texas System Board of Regents has authorized the naming of the college to the Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design.
“Bill and I care deeply about San Antonio and the opportunities that are available for all people through higher education in STEM programs,” Margie Klesse said. “We believe that earning degrees in STEM programs build valuable life and critical-thinking skills, and are thrilled to be able to support the College of Engineering and Integrated Design to continue opening doors for women and students of all backgrounds into these important fields.”
Bill Klesse added, “Margie and I appreciate the difference that the UTSA College of Engineering and Integrated Design is making for students in South Texas, and their families. The university help find their own path to success. The future will continue to bring many challenges to economic, reliable and sustainable energy supplies as well as built infrastructures, and we need these emerging new engineers and designers to help us create solutions that will benefit all members of our communities.”
The Klesses' gift will enable the College of Engineering and Integrated Design to expand its scholarship support for students, create endowments for faculty recruitment and retention, and support student success. These support programs include those offered by the college's Student Success Center, which provides tutoring, hands-on learning opportunities, leadership programs and professional developmesnt to every student in the college.
This gift will expand our innovative academic and research programs in the college—preparing graduates to go out and change the world.
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