The University of Houston has announced a $50 million matching gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous to establish four institutes and support them with endowed chairs and professorships.
The largest gift to date to the university's $1 billion capital campaign — which met its goal in February, eighteen months early — will create a matching endowment program in support of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and Energy Security, the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure and Smart Cities, the Institute for Precision Medicine for Population Health, and the Institute for Global Engagement. The Aspire Fund: The $50 Million Challenge will match, on a one-to-one basis, gifts of $2 million to create an endowed chair in one of the institutes and gifts of $1 million to create endowed professorships. The new institutes and the faculty recruited to lead them will conduct cutting-edge research, contribute to global conversations, and develop and implement real-world solutions to urgent challenges.
According to UH vice president for university advancement Eloise Brice, the anonymous donor understands the power of intellectual human capital and chose to focus on advancing knowledge on issues that uniquely underpin the social, political, and economic future of Houston and the world.
"This gift creates an environment to attract both the world's best and brightest faculty and also its top-flight students," said Brice. "These new institutes will motivate and educate students to pursue challenging areas of study, particularly in the STEM and health sciences fields. It takes UH to an entirely new level."
"With this gift, we will help prepare University of Houston students to thrive in the global marketplace," said the donor. "Strong faculty leadership is paramount to the university's success. This new wave of outstanding faculty will build upon the university's already exceptional faculty. We believe this investment will continue the process of motivating students and benefit our great city of Houston through work in the classrooms, institutes, and labs."