How do you begin to say thank you to a couple that has meant as much to The University of Texas as Michael and Susan Dell? Their generosity — in so many areas — has already transformed UT. And last night, they became the namesake of UT’s future Dell Medical School with a gift of $50 million. This is in addition to their $38 million gift creating the Dell Pediatric Research Institute, a UT unit that opened in 2010 as our first step toward a medical school. And we are just days away from opening the Dell Computer Science Hall, named in honor of another $10 million gift.
Ten years ago, when Michael came to the campus to deliver our keynote address at Commencement, he said, while talking about the concept of winning, “Each day that you’re moving toward your dreams without compromising who you are, you’re winning.” That doesn’t just apply to new graduates. It applies to institutions themselves. With this gift, we are realizing our dream and doing it without compromising the great academic university we have worked for 130 years to become. And the winners are not just the University or the people of Central Texas, but people the world over who will benefit from education, research, and care the Dell Medical School will provide.
Michael and Susan, from the very bottom of our hearts, thank you. We look forward to working with you on this momentous project.
What starts here changes the world.