Bruce and Gloria Ingram have presented a $2 million gift to Texas State University, University President Denise M. Trauth said today.
Delivering her annual “State of the University” address during the Faculty-Staff Fall Convocation Tuesday, Trauth announced the gift, which will support scholarships for students in the Ingram School of Engineering.
In the summer of 2006, the Ingrams gave Texas State $5 million to establish a school of engineering at Texas State.
“Bruce and Gloria have our everlasting gratitude and affection,” Trauth said. “They have been extremely generous with their time and financial support. The Ingram name is on our School of Engineering as a tribute to their philanthropy.”
Trauth also said Texas State navigated the economic uncertainty of 2008-09 successfully and is well-positioned to deal with challenges that arise during the coming year. She outlined the impact the national recession had on Texas State and spoke optimistically about what the future holds for the university.
Because of enrollment growth at Texas State, the university received a 5 percent increase in general revenue appropriations for the next two fiscal years. Along with tuition funds, this allowed for the appropriation of money for merit awards for faculty and staff and allowed for an increase in the number of faculty and staff.
“Overall – considering the economic climate of the country – I think we came out pretty well. In spite of our stretched resources, I believe Texas State does an amazing job with the resources we have.” Trauth said. “But, we will prepare for a budget cut in the next biennium and rejoice if it doesn’t occur.”
Trauth highlighted enrollment gains as measures of progress:
Because the legislature did not authorize new Tuition Revenue Bonds for existing universities, Texas State was forced to re-evaluate plans to fund the recital hall and theatre center in San Marcos, the first Health Professions Building in Round Rock and other projects. Most of those projects will be deferred, but as the recital hall and theatre center is a priority, the Derrick Hall renovation has been deferred to free up HEAF funds for the work. This money, plus $8 million from donor Patti Harrison, will allow construction of the recital hall and theatre center to proceed.
Trauth cited several other highlights of the year, including:
The first phase of construction to bring Bobcat Stadium up to Football Bowl Subdivision standards–which includes new stadium lights, elevators, private suites and club seating–is nearly complete and will be unveiled Sept. 5.
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