Dr. George Fair, dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, founded the Academic Bridge program, which was created in 2000. The program was developed to encourage more DISD students to attend UT Dallas with the support of additional resources and committed personnel to help them achieve success.

Since it was established, the program boasts s a graduation rate of approximately 70 percent — well above state and national averages and competitive with the rates of the best universities in Texas. The program serves approximately 160 students each year.

Dr. Fair has worked at UT Dallas for 36 years. He is a national authority on mathematics education and special programs for students.