It’s taken years, but University of Texas officials have persuaded one of their most generous donors to allow a building to be named for him and his wife.
Peter O’Donnell Jr. and wife Edith of Dallas, along with their O’Donnell Foundation, have given more than $135 million to the university since 1983, most of it anonymously.
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In other action Thursday, University of Texas System regents:
- Required all nine academic campuses in the system to offer students the option of a four-year tuition plan at a fixed rate, beginning in fall 2014. UT-Dallas and UT-El Paso already do so. Gov. Rick Perry has pressed for such an option, and proposed legislation would require it of all 38 public universities in the state.
Received an update on philanthropy showing that the system’s 15 academic and health campuses took in gifts and pledges during 2012 totaling $1.2 billion. Of that, the Austin campus led with $335.3 million.
- Named Vistasp Karbhari, currently the provost and executive vice president at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the sole finalist for president of UT-Arlington. Under state law, the regents must wait 21 days before firming up the appointment.