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Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing Receives $5 Million Commitment

Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing Receives $5 Million Commitment

The Villanova University  M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing recently received a $5 million commitment from alumna Deborah Silvers Adams and her husband, Nick Adams. The donation marks the largest philanthropic commitment in the history of Villanova Nursing. The Adams’ gift has been granted in honor of Dr. M. Louise Fitzpatrick, the College of Nursing’s beloved dean who passed away in September, leaving behind a legacy for the university.

Following Dr. Fitzpatrick’s passing last year, the Villanova College of Nursing was renamed the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing in her honor in December 2017. University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, stated in a press release: “I am humbled by the many ways that members of the Villanova community, like Dee and Nick, support the University and all that we do. Their generosity and commitment are truly transformative.”

Throughout her four decades as dean of the College of Nursing, Dr. Fitzpatrick made the College’s endowment a top priority. The Adams’ gift is expected to contribute to the College of Nursing’s future and enhance the academically challenging and personally transformative experiences that Villanova students receive. To date, more than $11 million in gifts and pledges have been made in honor of Dr. Fitzpatrick, according to Villanova.edu.

Deborah Silvers, who provided the $5 million commitment to Villanova, graduated from the Villanova College of Nursing in 1986. She tells Villanova.edu, “What I remember most about Louise was her relentless pursuit of expanding the curriculum for her students…We were inspired to make this gift out of our families’ dedication to medicine, medical research, and compassionate care of patients.”

This was not the first time the Adams’ have made a significant commitment to Villanova’s nursing program. They also made a $1 million commitment to the College of Nursing in 2017, establishing an endowed scholarship and providing funding for cancer-related research projects. To learn more about the Adams’ and their generous contributions to the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, visit here.

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Villanova University Announces Naming of M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

Villanova University Announces Naming of M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

Villanova University recently announced the naming of the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing to honor the college’s visionary dean who passed away in September. Under Dr. Fitzpatrick’s leadership, the Villanova College of Nursing developed into a leading nursing program and was repeatedly recognized as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President, tells Villanova.edu, “Louise Fitzpatrick will be remembered as one of the most vibrant, transformative leaders in the history of Villanova, and I can think of no more fitting an honor than to name our College of Nursing after her…Her leadership set a course of greatness for the College and our University – and through this naming, we are ensuring that such vision and excellence continues to be a hallmark of the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing.”

Dr. M. Louise Fitzpatrick was dean of the Villanova College of Nursing for nearly four decades, shaping a transformative educational experience for Villanova nursing students. Dr. Fitzpatrick served as the Connelly Endowed Dean of the College of Nursing and worked tirelessly to expand the College’s academic programs, including initiating the master’s and doctoral programs, and an accelerated BSN program for second-degree students. She also developed distance learning programs and clinical simulation initiatives.

Under Dr. Fitzpatrick’s leadership, three centers were established at the university: The Center for Nursing Research, the Center for Global and Public Health, and the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education. To learn more about Dr. Fitzpatrick’s tenure at Villanova and naming of the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, visit here.