Stevenson University’s School of Nursing and Health Professions Receives Naming Gift

August 30, 2016 7 AM

School Will Be Called the Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions

Stevenson University is pleased to announce that Malcolm and Sandy Berman have given a major naming gift to create Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions, named in honor of Mrs. Berman whose philanthropic work has long focused on improving healthcare and education. The gift was announced Tuesday, Aug. 30, during the grand opening celebration and dedication of the Kevin J. Manning Academic Center, Stevenson’s new 200,000-square-foot academic facility on its Owings Mills North campus.

The Bermans, who have been married for nearly 60 years, have a deep commitment for supporting a wide range of institutions and causes. Mrs. Berman began her tenure on Stevenson’s Board of Trustees in 2013, and her dual interests in quality education and Stevenson are linked to her dedication to healthcare. She has worked to help ensure that the greater Baltimore community has a qualified pool of capable and well-trained nurses and healthcare professionals. One of these efforts was the establishment of an endowed fund at Stevenson to provide scholarships to nursing students.

“The nurses I’ve met at area hospitals I’m associated with who graduated from Stevenson are extremely compassionate and knowledgeable,” Mrs. Berman says. “I can tell that they’re getting a great education. I took a few classes when the University was known as Villa Julie College, and to see how it has expanded through the years is remarkable.” Mrs. Berman also serves on the Board’s Student Affairs committee. “It’s so interesting to see how Stevenson keeps the students engaged. It’s an excellent university and anything I can do to help it, I will.”

Mr. Berman says that he made the donation because of his wife’s involvement on the Board of Trustees and the University in general. “She loves her activities on the Board, and she’s actively involved with Stevenson because healthcare and education are important issues to her. I’m just so very proud of all that she does.”

“Naming the School of Nursing and Health Professions for Sandy Berman is a tremendous moment in the history of Stevenson,” said Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., President of the University. “We are honored to be a part of recognizing her commitment to advancing nursing and healthcare education.”

Stevenson’s Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions serves more than 450 undergraduates pursuing degrees in nursing and medical laboratory science. With the opening of the University’s new Kevin J. Manning Academic Center at Owings Mills North, the School has tripled the size of its facilities for study, research, and administration. The new Center includes 19 general classrooms, 120 offices, 5 conference rooms, 6 studios, the SoLVE (Solutions for Learning and Vibrant Education) Center, and more than 40 teaching, research, skills, simulation, computer, and specialty design labs and studios.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,200 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.