creator Warren Spector has been named
director of The University of Texas at Austin's Denius-Sams Gaming Academy, a development-focused post-baccalaureate program that will launch in the fall of next year.
Spector was one of the first industry veterans who signed on
as part of the Academy, joining Blizzard COO Paul Sams, Ultima
creator Richard Garriott, EA CCO Richard Hilleman, and BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk. Only 20 candidates will be selected for the program's first semester, and the first batch of incoming students will receive a tuition waiver and a $10,000 housing stipend.
Spector's career shift follows up on the recent shuttering
of Disney Interactive Studios subsidiary Junction Point Studios, a team that Spector co-founded. Prior to its closure, Junction Point developed the 2010 Wii release Epic Mickey
and last year's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two