The University of Texas, San Antonio has announced a $15 million gift from local businessman Graham Weston to help establish a school dedicated to data science.
The gift, the largest ever made by Weston, will support the creation of the UTSA School of Data Science, a major component of a ten-year, phased initiative to accelerate the development of the university's downtown campus as an incubator for highly skilled professionals in big data and analytics, as well as advance economic development and prosperity in the city's urban core. By locating the school in the heart of San Antonio's high-tech corridor, UTSA also will provide the industry with ready access to faculty experts, cutting-edge research, and well-trained students.
"What we are witnessing today is the creation of transformative opportunities for San Antonio for generations to come," said UTSA president Taylor Eighmy. "This convergence of talent, collaboration, and innovation will create new jobs and new prosperity while further elevating San Antonio as a powerhouse for cybersecurity, data science, and entrepreneurship. The economic benefits to San Antonio can only be fully realized through a government-university-industry partnership of this magnitude."