Frost Bank gifts $1M to UTSA School of Data Science for research

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The University of Texas at San Antonio School of Data Science will establish an endowment to support research at the school thanks to a $1 million donation from Frost Bank, the university announced Wednesday.

The Frost Excellence Fund will bolster research activities such as graduate research fellowships, undergraduate research activities, and other programs at the UTSA School of Data Science (SDS) downtown. Construction of the building is expected to be completed in summer 2022.

Frost Bank Chairman and CEO Phil Green said in a statement that the financial institution is glad to continue supporting the partnership between Frost and UTSA, which began in 1969 when the late Tom Frost Jr. Frost advocated for the university’s establishment.

Currently, Green serves on the Be Bold Campaign Leadership Council, a group of community leaders that is heading the largest fundraising campaign in UTSA’s history. Introduced in 2017, the 10-year campaign aims to raise $500 million to support UTSA’s 10-year strategic vision.

In January, UTSA broke ground on the $90 million SDS and National Security Collaboration Center, the soon-to-be anchor of a high-tech downtown hub. The gift from Frost Bank will help the SDS gain national recognition as the university works to become a “world-class,” top-tier research university, UTSA President Taylor Eighmy said in a statement.