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UTSA raises $180 million in first-ever capital campaign, exceeds goal by more than $60 million

by University Communications    |    October 08, 2015

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The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has received gifts and pledges of $180 million dollars in its inaugural capital campaign, We Are UTSA – A Top-Tier Campaign, exceeding its original goal by more than $60 million. Launched in 2009, the capital campaign’s initial goal was $120 million to support student scholarships, faculty and research initiatives, campus activities and community outreach programs. In early 2013, the university surpassed that goal and, with two years left in the campaign, set and exceeded a new goal of $175 million.

UTSA President Ricardo Romo announced the conclusion of the capital campaign and its $180 million fundraising total at his annual State of the University address today, calling the accomplishment “a major milestone in our advancement toward Tier One designation.”

“When we started this campaign, we knew UTSA had momentum, but the groundswell of support that we received from the San Antonio community has far exceeded what we could have imagined,” said Romo. “San Antonio wants a Tier One university. It believes in UTSA. And it is committed to supporting our students, faculty and researchers so that excellence thrives at our university and in our city.”

Nearly 33,000 donors contributed almost 73,000 gifts to the campaign, which raised $62.6 million for student scholarships and fellowships, $43.8 million for faculty support, $19.1 million for UTSA research centers, institutes and outreach programs, and $50.1 million for student life and facilities enhancements. Another $4.5 million was raised for other university priorities including presidential scholarships.

“No other university in our region educates, influences and impacts more people than UTSA,” said Tom Frost, UTSA capital campaign chairman and chairman-emeritus of Frost. “The success of this campaign reflects San Antonio’s commitment to creating a world-class city backed by a world-class quality research university.”

UTSA began planning for its capital campaign in 2008, conducting feasibility studies and gaining support from community and business leaders. An initial $2.5 million gift from the Valero Energy Foundation supporting business and engineering students launched the campaign in 2009. A year later, UTSA received its largest private gift in the history of the university, a $22 million estate gift bequeathed by former schoolteacher Mary E. McKinney. The gift is supporting undergraduate scholarships in perpetuity.

In spring 2012, UTSA kicked off the public phase of its campaign with $94 million already raised toward its $120 million goal. In 2013, it reached $120 million and then increased the goal by $55 million. As the capital campaign concluded this fall, UTSA had received more than $180 million from its supporters.

“UTSA is making San Antonio a Tier One city. With the support we have received through the capital campaign, we are producing tomorrow’s business and community leaders. We are making breakthrough discoveries in science, engineering and cybersecurity,” said Marjie French, UTSA vice president for external relations and chief development officer. “We have more than 30,000 donors who, through their generosity, are making it possible for UTSA to transform the lives of students, faculty and researchers who are making meaningful contributions to society. We are so grateful for their support.”

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