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U. T. System chancellor praised in San Antonio (8-27-99)

The San Antonio business community joined John P. Howe, III, M.D., president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, for a luncheon in honor of U. T. System Chancellor Dr. William H. Cunningham. The luncheon was held earlier this summer at the Health Science Center.

Dr. Cunningham, chancellor of the U. T. System since 1992, announced recently that he plans to step down in August 2000.

Bexar County Judge Cyndi Krier referred to Dr. Cunningham as the "noble one," a pioneer every bit as innovative as the Canary Islanders who settled the Alamo City in 1718. She conferred on him a modern-day Hidalgo, the same award presented this summer to the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. Dr. Cunningham "has helped lay the foundation on which we will build as we go into the next century," she said.

Among his most significant contributions as chancellor, Dr. Cunningham laid a progressive track for the U. T. System. A leader who always did his homework, Dr. Cunningham strode the political arena with the foresight of preparedness.

"He knew the facts not only on how legislative appropriations could help the U. T. System, but how appropriations to the System could help the people of Texas," said Joseph Krier, president of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Dr. Cunningham is recognized for increasing private endowments, expanding construction funds and managing operational funds in the black. In particular, Dr. Cunningham was instrumental in procuring $200 million dollars of tobacco settlement funding for a children's cancer research center to be operated by the Health Science Center, Joseph Krier said.

According to figures from the San Antonio Express-News, the medical and biomedical industry generate $7 billion in citywide revenue, surpassing military and tourism dollars. On behalf of many grateful businessmen and businesswomen, Mr. Krier presented Dr. Cunningham with a memento at the luncheon for his continuous support of San Antonio's largest economic generator, the medical and biomedical industry.

Contact: Will Sansom