Note: This news release was updated Dec. 10, 2012.
– Philanthropic support for The University of Texas at Arlington has reached a
new record with $18.9 million in gifts and commitments for the 2011-2012 fiscal
year, an increase of about 48 percent from the previous year and the
largest ever year-end total.
success was fueled in large part by gifts to boost innovation and technology in
the University’s College of Science. UT Arlington also benefitted from philanthropists
who established endowments to support faculty and research in the College of
Engineering and School of Architecture and who established endowments to support
are honored by the generous contributions UT Arlington donors and friends have
made this year to advance academics, research and the college experience for
our students,” said President James D. Spaniolo. “Their investment fuels our
progress toward excellence and sets the example for others willing to help us
reach new heights in academic achievement.”
The 2011-2012 record also includes 55 new endowments, up from 41 the
previous year. Membership in UT Arlington’s 1895 Society, which recognizes donors
who give $1,000 or more annually, was up more than 10 percent.
UT Arlington supporters saw the impact of their gifts doubled through the
University’s Maverick Match program, which uses natural gas royalties to
leverage new commitments toward the University’s endowment. The program currently
matches gifts of $25,000 or more dollar-for-dollar and has distributed nearly
$9 million since it began in 2009.
the notable gifts during the 2011-2012 fiscal year were:
- An in-kind gift of
equipment valued at nearly $3 million from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, a
world leader in the analytical instruments industry. The gift established the
Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry within the College of
Science. The equipment will enhance research into prevention and treatment for
illnesses such as cancer and malaria as well as in the development of
nanofabrication materials for industry.
- A $1.5 million
commitment from Ralph Hawkins and his wife, Susan, to the UT Arlington School
of Architecture. Ralph Hawkins, a UT Arlington alumnus, is chairman and chief
executive officer of global architecture firm HKS Inc. A portion of the gift
will be used to develop a strategic vision to guide the School’s future.
- A $1 million commitment
from Arnold E. Petsche, founder of the A.E. Petsche Co., a manufacturing firm
that the Arlington businessman built into a multi-million dollar business
before selling in 2009. The value of the Petsche gift will double through the
Maverick Match program to create a $2 million endowment for the new Arnold E.
Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering, pending approval from The University
of Texas System Board of Regents.
“It’s clear that
philanthropic support for The University of Texas at Arlington is on a steep
trajectory,” said Jim Lewis, UT Arlington vice president for development. “We are
very grateful to our donors and friends and look forward to ensuring that their
gifts help shape the University for generations to come.”
To make a
gift or learn more about philanthropy at UT Arlington, visit the Office of
Development at www.uta.edu/giving/.
About UT Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research
institution of more than 33,200 students in the heart of North Texas. The
University’s academic offerings include 80 bachelor’s degrees, 71 master’s
degrees and 30 doctoral programs in 12 colleges and schools. U.S. News &
World Report ranks UT Arlington as of the nation’s top 10 universities for
diversity. UT Arlington also is a national leader in innovative online
programs, with about 9,600 student enrolled in at least one online course in
For more information, please visit www.uta.edu.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.