AUSTIN, Texas — A University of Texas System regent has donated $25 million to the Austin campus’ social work program.

The Austin-American Statesman reports that university officials announced Steve Hicks’ donation Wednesday.

Hicks says he donated to the social work school because social workers have helped him overcome alcoholism. He says he has been sober for 13 years.

Under the plan, $10 million will be used to create a permanent endowment for student scholarships, and $5 million will be used as matching funds to attract additional donations. The remaining $10 million will be used to further research and teaching on addictions as well as to teach fundraising and philanthropy skills.

The university has renamed the social work school after Hicks.

Hicks graduate from the university with a degree in government in 1972.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com