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The University of Virginia, through the largest gift in the University’s history, has the opportunity to play a national and international leadership role in data science training, research, and service by expanding the already successful Data Science Institute (DSI) to become a School of Data Science (SDS). When first presented to then President-elect James Ryan, he pointed out that a gift alone does not make a school. Particular concerns were sustainability and the impact on other schools of the University. Throughout 2018 and early 2019, we have crafted a proposal for the SDS that is financially and academically sustainable and that works in concert with all schools to enrich every student’s experience at a time when our society is increasingly data driven.