TLU Names New Academic Space the Bill Greehey Academic Center
May 7, 2013
Texas Lutheran University has named the academic wing of its new freshman residence hall the “Bill Greehey Academic Center” in recognition of the San Antonio business leader’s support for first-generation college students through need-based scholarships. TLU will host a dedication ceremony on Wednesday, May 8, at 11:30 a.m. in Centennial Hall.
Greehey, who is currently chairman of the board of NuStar Energy L.P., and NuStar GP Holdings, L.L.C., previously served as chairman and CEO of Valero from the company’s inception in 1980 until he retired as CEO in 2005, and then retired as chairman in 2007. In 2003, he established The Greehey Family Foundation to focus on supporting health and human welfare issues, children’s causes, education, and the homeless. In 2011, the foundation made a $1 million gift to TLU to support first-generation college students. The generous donation has been allocated primarily toward scholarships and programming to assist first-generation students in their quest for a college education.
“We want to recognize Bill for his generous support of TLU and first-generation students,” said TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey. “Our vision is to become nationally recognized for creating innovative ways to increase retention and graduation rates and to assure that our students have successful transitions into fulfilling careers. With the support of generous donors like Bill, we can deliver on that vision.”
TLU opened its new, $10 million state-of-the-art freshman residence hall in August 2012. It is home to more than 160 freshmen and features a living-learning center with classrooms, seminar rooms and group study areas as well as two levels of living quarters. The academic wing of Centennial Hall, named the Bill Greehey Academic Center, features two large classrooms equipped with the latest technology as well as a technology/computer lab for students, two group study rooms and a seminar room all on the ground floor.
About The Greehey Family Foundation
Established in 2003, The Greehey Family Foundation supports health and human welfare issues, children's causes, education, and the homeless. And because the needs of the community are wide, the foundation is set up and positioned to meet an almost unlimited range of needs within these areas. In its brief history, the foundation has granted gifts of well over $100 million to hundreds of causes, including a $25 million grant to the University of Texas Health Science Center to fund children's cancer research and treatment.
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