Michael and Susan Dell Foundation Announcement Remarks by President Powers
May 15, 2006
Thank you, Susan and Michael Dell, for your extraordinary vision and generosity. These gifts are of great benefit to the Austin community, our university, and the larger society. They will make a difference in real lives and in the health care culture of our state and nation. And they make possible a new era in life sciences and computer science research at The University of Texas at Austin.
The creation of the Dell Pediatric Research Institute is another remarkable addition to the Dell family legacy of helping children who have critical health needs. Over the years, Susan and Michael have been exceptional in their care and support of our youngest and most vulnerable citizens. This new institute will integrate the University's world-class research abilities with the Dells' efforts to address pediatric health issues and to create solutions to the medical challenges our children face. With support from this gift, the University of Texas will be able to flex its strongest research muscle in biomedical engineering, neuroscience, and other major areas of research on our campus.
In the spirit of collaboration, the Dell Pediatric Research Institute will be constructed adjacent to the new Dell Children's Medical Center at the former airport site, and the two will work in partnership to establish Austin as a center of excellence for children's health and biomedical research.
Also of great significance to the University and to our state is the gift to build on the UT campus a new state-of-the-art computer sciences facility called the Dell Computer Science Hall. Improving the quality of math and science education is not only a critical issue for Texas, but for our nation as a whole. Texas has been an incubator for the technology industry, yet math and science achievement – the supporting disciplines of the technology industry – is lagging. This latest investment not only supports UT Austin's goal of being the premier computer sciences department at a public university, it ensures that the University will continue to address the critical issue of math and science education at the college level as well.
And finally, I want to add my personal gratitude to Susan and Michael Dell. It is truly an honor for The University of Texas to collaborate with one of the great entrepreneurial leaders in the world – Michael Dell – and with a great civic leader and supporter of many important causes – Susan Dell.
These magnificent new gifts are perfect examples of how the Dells are working to make Texas and our nation a better place – and to give our children the gift of good health.