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Nursing school receives gift

Nov. 10, 1999

$13 million donation 3rd largest individual gift in school's history

By CHRIS ALLEN

Staff writer

Thanks to the generosity of an East Texas philanthropist, the Baylor School of Nursing is $13 million richer today. The commitment represents the third largest individual donation in Baylor's 154-year history, and the largest gift ever to the nursing school.

According to Dr. Phyllis Karns, dean of the nursing school, the money will have a big impact on the school.

'This gift establishes new horizons,' she said, 'which will enable us to realize our full potential in educating nursing leaders in a Christian environment for worldwide service in the future.'

The gift is not earmarked for a specific purpose, Karns said, but possible plans for the money include new nurse practitioner programs.

A press conference is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today at the nursing school's campus in Dallas to announce details of the donation.

The identity of the contributor has not yet been released, although Baylor spokesman Larry Brumley said, 'I can tell you it is a she, not a he.'

Although not an alumna, Brumley said the donor has had children and grandchildren attend the university. She has also contributed to projects in the past.

'There have been years of cultivation involved,' he said, 'so this gift didn't just come out of the blue.'

This donation is the largest this decade with both larger donations coming in the 1980s, according to Brumley. Mattie Allen left a donation of more than $14 million in 1984, and Earl Hollandsworth donated approximately $15 million near the end of the decade.