Women’s Hospital Foundation Awards Stevenson $2 Million to Endow Distinguished Professorship in Nursing

July 17, 2014 7 AM

Stevenson University has received from the Women’s Hospital Foundation Inc., the largest private gift in the institution’s history. The $2 million donation will establish the University’s first fully-endowed faculty position, which will be known as the Women’s Hospital Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Nursing.

“This truly transformational gift will enhance our already strong nursing program by allowing us to recruit and hire a nurse educator of national caliber, and to build partnerships that shape the future of nursing,” said Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., President of Stevenson University. “The distinguished professorship will enrich Stevenson’s ongoing delivery of masterful teaching, quality experiential learning, insightful research, and model for caring for which our nursing program is known.”

The search to fill the Distinguished Professorship position will begin this fall. Stevenson will be looking for a candidate who shares its interest in increasing the number and quality of highly skilled nursing professionals who provide an exceptional level of healthcare to the community as well as engage in research so as to fuel discoveries that will improve nursing practice, particularly in the Baltimore area.

“We selected Stevenson because of their vibrant nursing program and the number and quality of highly trained undergraduate and graduate level nursing professionals they are educating each year,” said Cindy Crawley, President of the Board of Directors of Women’s Hospital Foundation.

“Stevenson is honored to be recognized by such an historic organization long-committed to supporting the education of nurses and the provision of high quality, accessible healthcare to the people of Maryland,” said Susan Gorman, Ph.D., Dean of the School of the Sciences.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.

The Women’s Hospital Foundation is a Maryland-based charitable organization tracing its roots to the Hospital for the Women of Maryland, of Baltimore City, better known as The Women’s Hospital, which operated a hospital in the Bolton Hill section of Baltimore City from 1882 until 1965, tailored to the needs of women. During much of its period of operation, the Women’s Hospital also operated a nursing school. Today the Women’s Hospital Foundation continues the mission of the hospital’s founders by providing support to organizations which seek to improve health care education and broaden access to health care services.