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A Message from UTSA President Ricardo Romo
You may have heard that our city is experiencing a major brain gain. San Antonio recently was ranked No. 6 among top U.S. metropolitan areas in attracting young, college-educated people with bachelor's and advanced degrees. Experts say that San Antonio is catching up to Silicon Valley in the innovation economy, and UTSA is playing a big part in that advancement.
Each year, UTSA sends more than 5,000 graduates into the job market, with nearly 70 percent remaining in San Antonio. Our graduates add an estimated $4.8 billion in earnings to the state economy, alone. But, it's not just about the number of students we graduate. It's about being a leader in educating the growing, high-tech workforce needed for the jobs of tomorrow.
This is where community support makes a real difference. Thanks to the financial support from our business community and UTSA friends, we are able to attract expert faculty to UTSA and expose our students to some of the finest scholars in the nation. Our students work side-by-side with these researchers and professors, and graduate ready to meet the needs and strengths of San Antonio: health, cyber security, sustainability, energy, and human and social development.
A perfect example of how financial gifts have a transformational effect on UTSA is the recent gift of $5 million from H-E-B. This watershed gift will support recruiting and retaining world-class faculty, matching other private gifts dollar for dollar. That means, through the generosity of our community, we will be able to provide a total of $10 million for endowed professorships and chairs at UTSA.
With this caliber of faculty, we will move even closer to Tier One status. And, our students will have the opportunity to work with scholars conducting cutting-edge research, creating new businesses that grow our economy and inspiring a new generation of leaders.
It's all the more reason to support our university. I am so grateful for the generosity of H-E-B, the business community and all of you. Your gifts are helping to make San Antonio a nationally recognized center of innovation.
The University of Texas at San Antonio