The health system will use the gift from the Austin couple to create a $1 million endowment for a distinguished chair for the dean of the medical school; a $4 million endowment in support of scholarships for students from Texas who are studying to be physicians; and a $20 million President’s Endowment for Faculty Excellence in Medicine in support of faculty recruitment, with the president and dean of the medical school working together to establish faculty recruitment priorities. In recognition of the new gift and the Longs’ previous gifts to UT Health, the medical school will be renamed the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine.
Total gifts to UT System institutions made by the Longs, retired school teachers who first met as young teachers in Alice, Texas, exceed $80 million. The couple initially gave $1 million to UT Health in 1999 to support scholarships for medical students from south Texas and followed that with a $25 million gift in 2008 to expand scholarships for students from across Texas studying to be physicians, nurses, physician assistants, or scientists.
"Mr. and Mrs. Long chose to announce their new gift today, February 1, on their fifty-ninth wedding anniversary as an expression of their shared commitment to each other, our students, and UT Health and its School of Medicine," said UT Health San Antonio president William L. Henrich. "The enduring result of their legacy of investment in health education and research will be improved health for all."