Businessman Mustaque Ahmed’s home country is Bangladesh, but philanthropy ties him to the University of Texas at Arlington, where he invests in students.
Ahmed, who graduated with the Class of ’81, believes in giving back. In 2010, he gave the university $145,000 in gifts through its dollar-for-dollar Maverick Match program — $125,000 went to create the Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute. He is also managing director of UTA’s 2011-12 development board.
Ahmed’s desire to see UTA move from a commuter school to a campus of first choice echoes that of university leaders, but it’s his long-held personal mission.
“A lot needs to be done at UTA; that’s why I support UTA,” Ahmed said in a recent telephone interview from Bangladesh, adding that he would like his alma mater to become a center for global ideas.
(SOURCE: Fort Worth Star-Telegram)