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UTSA Names Student Center In Honor Of H-E-B

Eileen Pace

UTSA has renamed its student center the "H-E-B University Center" in thanks for the company's extensive contributions to the university's capital campaign.

Last week UTSA announced the receipt of a $5 million gift and the creation of the H-E-B Faculty Research Excellence Fund, which brings H-E-B’s overall support to more than $7 million.

The $5 million was matched by other private gifts to total $10 million for endowed professorships and chairs in all of UTSA’s nine colleges. It is the largest private challenge gift in UTSA history.

H-E-B Vice-President Winell Herron said the company is "deeply invested in the future of the Texas economy, which is anchored by how well we educate our students."

UTSA’s Joe Izbrand last week said the extra match allowed the school to meet its funding goals early and establish 13 new endowed positions.

Among the endowed positions is a $2 million distinguished university chair for research in medicinal, chemical and drug discovery. Other endowments include dean’s chairs in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the College of Business.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.