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A Message from our President


A Special Report

Thank you

Ricardo Romo | UTSA President


Dear UTSA Friends,


It’s time to celebrate. Because you did it! I am pleased to share the successful conclusion of our historic, first-ever capital campaign. We not only met the financial goal but exceeded it by raising $180 million.

When we started the We Are UTSA campaign in 2009, higher education and the nation were facing some tough financial challenges. But it was you—our community and alumni supporters—who were driving us forward. We hit the initial goal of $120 million within months of our public launch, and then we set an even more ambitious goal of $175 million. We met that this past summer.

When you add matching gift funds that we receive from the state as a result of donations tied to the campaign—plus a generous additional gift from an impressed donor that we received recently—the overall impact of the campaign is more than $202 million!

You knew how important this campaign was to our future, and you invested in us big-time. Almost 33,000 of you participated. Every college and unit at the university is benefiting. We cannot thank you enough, because you have made UTSA stronger. The university now has new scholarships, new research initiatives, new programs, and new facilities for our students and faculty.

Today, we are enjoying one of the most exciting and productive eras in our university’s short history, thanks in large part to your generosity. From every perspective, the We Are UTSA campaign is one of the great achievements in our 46-year history.

This campaign would also not have been possible without the leadership of our campaign chairs—Tom Frost and James Bodenstedt ’96—and that of the campaign committee, the development board, and our Alumni Association leaders. We are indebted to their work on our behalf, leading us to this success.

On a personal note, I want to say I am humbled by all of the people who have given us their support and trust as well as showing they believe in UTSA. Again, thank you!

But this is just the beginning. Our commitment to you is to continue to do whatever it takes to make UTSA a world-class, Tier One university—the kind that San Antonio and Texas deserve. The best is yet to come.

Mil gracias!

Signature Ricardo Romo

Ricardo Romo
UTSA President


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