Western State Colorado University in Gunnison has announced an $80 million gift from alumnus Paul M. Rady ('78) to establish a school of computer science and engineering.
Through a collaboration between Western and the University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science, students at the Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science and Engineering will be able to obtain degrees in computer science as graduates of the University of Colorado Boulder while remaining on the Western campus. The school's planned 75,000-square-foot building will feature versatile teaching and lab spaces, faculty offices, and two large theater-style classrooms, as well as indoor and outdoor spaces designed to promote a collaborative learning environment.
"This generous investment from Mr. Rady provides Western with the single greatest transformative opportunity in our history — allowing us to combine our historical strengths with cutting-edge technical education," said Greg Salsbury, the university's president.
"Western offers a fantastic education in a great setting, and I am truly grateful for the outstanding education I received there," said Rady, CEO and board chair of Antero Resources and Antero Midstream. "Now, Western is perfectly positioned to build on its academic strengths by incorporating high-level, career-focused computer science and engineering programs. Our state needs this kind of next-generation thinking in higher education. There is tremendous demand for young computer scientists and engineers throughout our state and nation. I'm proud to be partnering with Western State Colorado University and the University of Colorado to help make it happen."
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