The University of Houston has received a landmark $50 million gift from an anonymous donor to hire distinguished faculty to establish and support four new institutes that will address crucial challenges in the areas of energy, infrastructure, population health
The $50 million pledge creates a matching endowment program to establish endowed chairs and professorships across the university, which will be a first-of-its-kind program for UH. The Aspire Fund challenge is designed to inspire another $50 million in investments from
“What a defining moment it is for the University of Houston and for our city. To receive a gift of this magnitude and for the
The gift establishes four new interdisciplinary institutes. Each is relevant to Houston’s future and will address issues with major societal impact:
- Institute for Sustainable Energy and Energy Security
- Institute for Resilient Infrastructure and Smart Cities
- Institute for Population Health
- Institute for Global Engagement
The institutes will be led by faculty with internationally recognized credentials, such as members of the National Academies of Engineering, Science or Medicine. An accomplished international executive will be sought to lead the Institute for Global Engagement.
As part of the pledge and to create these prestigious positions, the anonymous donor will provide matching funds to leverage support from other donors. Donors who commit $2 million to establish an endowed chair in one of the new institutes will have their gifts matched by the anonymous donor, doubling the impact to create a $4 million endowed chair. Similarly, $1 million gifts for endowed professorships in the institutes will be matched to create $2 million endowed professorships.
“With this gift, we will help prepare
The Aspire Fund and the new institutes will give UH students the opportunity to collaborate with leading scholars in innovative research and discovery worldwide. The institutes, and the faculty members who lead
“This gift creates an environment to attract both the world’s best and brightest faculty and also its
“This visionary philanthropy is a
The transformational donation comes in the final year of the university’s $1 billion “Here, We Go” Campaign, which will conclude
“Challenge matching gift programs of this magnitude have
In addition to the anonymous donor’s $50 million
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter for excellence in undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning
About the “Here, We Go" Campaign
The “Here, We Go” Campaign is the University of Houston’s first major systemwide fundraising campaign in more than 25 years. Gifts made from 2012 to 2020 will contribute toward the university’s key priorities, including scholarships, faculty support and strengthening the university’s partnership with Houston.