Updated: Dec 11, 2021
UTSA announced the college will be renamed to honor the $20 million donated by UTSA supporters Bill and Margie Klesse.
SAN ANTONIO, TX —The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Engineering and Integrated Design has received $20 million from the former CEO and Chairman of Valero Energy Corp. Bill Klesse and his wife, Margie Klesse. The funds will be used for scholarships, endowments for faculty and retention, and student support programs. According to the University of Texas System Board of Regents, the college will be renamed the Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design.
“Bill and I care deeply about San Antonio and the opportunities that are available for all people through higher education in STEM programs,” Margie Klesse said to UTSA Today. “We believe that earning degrees in STEM programs build valuable life and critical-thinking skills and are thrilled to be able to support the College of Engineering and Integrated Design to continue opening doors for women and students of all backgrounds into these important fields.”
The Klesse Foundation was founded in 2005 and was established to support scientific, educational, cultural, religious, and other charitable organizations in San Antonio, including the UTSA College of Engineering as well as support for the Diamond Shamrock Legacy Endowed Scholarship.
“Margie and I appreciate the difference that the UTSA College of Engineering and Integrated Design is making for students in South Texas and their families,” Bill Klesse said. “The future will continue to bring many challenges to economic, reliable and sustainable energy supplies, as well as built infrastructures, and we need these emerging new engineers and designers to help us create solutions that will benefit all members of our communities.”
The multimillion-dollar donation will broaden UTSA’s reach in support programs, including those offered by the college’s Student Success Center, and provide improved opportunities for current and future college students. UTSA President Taylor Eighmy expressed gratitude for the Klesse gift and emphasized the couple’s commitment to advancing the value of higher education.
“We are profoundly grateful to Margie and Bill Klesse. They have always been deeply committed to providing world-class opportunities to UTSA students and faculty members in engineering and design,” said Eighmy. “This incredibly generous gift will advance UTSA’s vision to become a model for student success and a great public research university. I am so happy for our College of Engineering and Integrated Design; this gift will expand our innovative academic and research programs in the college—preparing graduates to go out and change the world.”
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Learn more by visiting the announcement found on UTSA Today.