In the first sentence of his undelivered speech JFK mentions the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest.
Graduate Research Center of the Southwest/Southwest Center for Advanced Studies Collection
The Graduate Research Center of the Southwest (GRCSW) was officially chartered on February 14, 1961 as a privately funded, basic research institution to aid the southwestern region of the United States in the advancement of graduate education in the natural sciences. It officially changed its name to the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies (SCAS) on January 1, 1967 and became part of The University of Texas System on September 1, 1969 when it was hence known as The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas).
Photo: From left: Eugene McDermott, J. Erik Jonsson and Cecil Green
Visionaries in Their Own Time
UT Dallas owes its existence to three visionaries, Eugene McDermott, J. Erik Jonsson and Cecil Green. They deeply valued education and entrepreneurial activity. These men, who also founded Texas Instruments, found themselves importing talent from outside the state while the region's brightest young people pursued education elsewhere. Having identified the need, the founders took action to serve both their enterprise and Texas by establishing the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest in 1961. It was renamed the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies (SCAS) in 1967, and, in 1969, the founders transferred the assets of SCAS to the State of Texas, and then-Governor Preston Smith signed the bill establishing UT Dallas.
Growing the Region Academically
The Graduate Research Center of the Southwest was chartered by Texas Instruments co-founders Cecil H. Green, J. Erik Jonsson and Eugene McDermott. Lloyd V. Berkner served as the first president, and the center was originally housed on the campus of Southern Methodist University.