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TWU receives $3 million for new Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center


DALLAS — Longtime Dallas resident Florence A. Doswell has donated $3 million to Texas Woman’s University for its new T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center. TWU’s college of nursing in Dallas will be named The Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing in honor of this gift, which is one of the largest single gifts from an individual to TWU.

“This gift is a perfect match between a donor’s interest and TWU’s mission,” TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart said. “We are very grateful for Mrs. Doswell’s generous gift, which lays the foundation for a building that will allow TWU to continue graduating quality nurses and other healthcare professionals for years to come.”

The late Houston J. Doswell was a successful oil executive in Dallas for many years. The Doswells have a long history of supporting local organizations that seek to improve area health care or address community needs.

“I was so impressed with what I saw when I visited TWU’s Parkland campus, and we all know how desperately we need more nurses,” Mrs. Doswell said. “It just seemed to me that this gift would benefit so many people.”

The new Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center combines TWU’s Parkland and Presbyterian sites into a dynamic campus-in-one building at the Parkland location. Groundbreaking for the 190,000-square-foot facility is scheduled for 2009, with a planned opening in 2011.

The new institute will allow TWU — already the state’s leading provider of new nurses and other healthcare professionals — to incorporate industry-standard technology into classrooms and laboratories that will enhance career preparation for students. Bringing together TWU’s College of Nursing, the nationally recognized TWU Stroke Center and the university’s nationally ranked programs in occupational and physical therapy will facilitate the new model of educating together the disciplines needed for a team approach to patient care.

Chancellor Stuart is leading the $55.5 million campaign for the project, of which more than $47.7 million has been raised to date. The institute bears the name of Texas oilman and entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens, whose $5 million gift to the building campaign represents the largest single contribution in TWU history from an individual.

Major donors to the Dallas building campaign include: the T. Boone Pickens Foundation; Mrs. Florence A. Doswell; the Meadows Foundation; the Jane and John Justin Foundation; the Simmons Family Foundation; the Hoblitzelle Foundation; the Sid W. Richardson Foundation; the Hillcrest Foundation; the Texas Woman’s University Foundation; the George and Fay Young Foundation; the Amon G. Carter Foundation; the RGK Foundation; the Tom A. Harris Fund, the Roberta Coke Camp Fund and the Basil Georges Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas; the Pollock Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Jere W. Thompson; Mrs. Orien Woolf; the Robert Tucker Hays Foundation; Bobby Lyle; Ann Stuart, Chancellor and President of TWU; the Abe Zale Foundation; and the James M. Collins Foundation.

For more information on TWU’s new T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, visit www.twu.edu/dallascampus.



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