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Jane and John Justin Foundation contributes $750,000 to Texas Woman’s University

5/15/08


DALLAS — The Jane and John Justin Foundation has awarded $750,000 to Texas Woman’s University for its new T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center.

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 of the building in 2011.

“The Justins’ generous philanthropic efforts, particularly in the medical field, are well-respected throughout the Metroplex,” TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart said. “TWU is deeply appreciative of this generous gift from their foundation, which is a valuable investment in our students and their role as future healthcare providers for the state.”

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.

“Jane and John always had the greatest admiration and respect for those dedicated professionals in the medical field, especially nurses and physical therapists,” said J. T. Dickenson, president of the Jane and John Justin Foundation. “I know they would be thrilled to see how the expansion of TWU in Dallas will increase enrollment and produce more qualified healthcare professionals.”

Chancellor Stuart is leading the $55.5 million campaign for the project, of which more than $44.3 million has been raised to date.

Major donors to the Dallas building campaign include: the T. Boone Pickens Foundation; the Meadows Foundation; the Simmons Family Foundation; the Jane and John Justin Foundation; the Hoblitzelle Foundation; the Sid W. Richardson Foundation; the Hillcrest Foundation; the Texas Woman’s University Foundation; the Amon G. Carter Foundation; the Tom A. Harris Fund, the Roberta Coke Camp Fund and the Basil Georges Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas; the Pollock Foundation; the Robert Tucker Hays Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Jere W. Thompson; Mrs. Orien Woolf; 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.

Prominent Texas businessman and Western-boot legend, the late John Justin Jr. was the president and chief executive officer of Justin Industries Inc., a Fort Worth mayor and longtime chairman of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. The late Jane Justin was an advocate for children with special needs and was instrumental in the formation of the Child Study Center in Fort Worth. She also authored two books — “Mother Jane’s Prescriptions for Hunger” and “Collecting With a Purpose.”

Jane and John Justin Jr. established their foundation in 1992 to continue their legacy of community involvement and financial support.

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