Office of the President

UTSA’s momentum continues – a special announcement

December 9, 2021
UTSA’s momentum continues – a special announcement

Dear Faculty and Staff,

We are excited to share another historic moment for The University of Texas at San Antonio. University supporters Margie and Bill Klesse have committed a transformational $20 million gift to the College of Engineering and Integrated Design, creating new endowments for scholarships, opportunities for faculty and programs to promote student success. 

In recognition of their generosity, the UT System Board of Regents has authorized the naming of the college to the Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design – becoming only the second named college in UTSA’s 52-year history!

The Klesse’s generous gift will expand UTSA’s innovative academic and research programs to enhance the unparalleled education we provide to our students. Their support paves new pathways to success for our Roadrunners. 

This momentous gift builds upon the Klesse’s long legacy of generosity to UTSA and San Antonio. In 2005, Margie and Bill Klesse founded the Klesse Foundation, which has extended its support to the Diamond Shamrock Legacy Endowed Scholarship within the UTSA College of Engineering. In addition, the Klesse Foundation also made a $1 million gift to establish the Klesse Unit Operations Laboratory in 2017, so that a new Chemical Engineering program could be created. We especially want to recognize Dean JoAnn Browning who has been instrumental in stewarding the relationship between the Klesses and her college.

It is the generosity of philanthropic leaders like Bill and Margie that create bold futures for Roadrunners today and tomorrow. On behalf of UTSA, we express our most heartfelt thanks for a gift that will impact engineering and design students for generations to come. 

With gratitude,

Taylor Eighmy

Karl Miller-Lugo
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations