The story featured not only the new school, but also the generous gift that made it possible: “$80 million gift to small mountain college maximizes impact.”
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In September, Western announced the establishment of the Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering. Construction of the new school began in the autumn on the former site of Gateway Field.
The new school was made possible by an $80 million gift from Paul M. Rady, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Colorado-based Antero Resources and Antero Midstream. Rady is a 1978 graduate of Western with a bachelor’s degree in Geology.
Through a pioneering collaboration between Western and the University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Science, students will be able to obtain degrees in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering as graduates of CU Boulder—all while spending their entire undergraduate education on Western’s campus in Gunnison.
With this partnership, students will have the opportunity to complete their first two years as Western students, and the balance of their education is spent as CU Boulder students. Graduates in the partnership will receive a Bachelor of Science degree and diploma from the CU Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Science.
“This generous investment from Mr. Rady provides Western with the single greatest transformative opportunity in our history—allowing us to combine our historical strengths with cutting edge technical education,” Western president Greg Salsbury said at the time of the announcement.
For more information about the Western-CU Boulder Computer Science & Engineering Partnership Program, which will welcome its inaugural class in fall 2019, visit western.edu/partnership.
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