UC has received gifts from two graduates totaling $12 million to be used by the College of Pharmacy and the College of Nursing.
Both donations, the largest-ever received by the respective colleges, will be used for education and research.
The College of Pharmacy has received a pledge worth $10 million from an anonymous benefactor.
"It's an honor to receive a gift of this
magnitude," said Daniel Acosta Jr., PhD, dean of the College of
Pharmacy,"and we're pleased that this person has chosen to recognize
the valuable mission of the College of Pharmacy in preparing future
leaders in this field and conducting critical research that can have a
profound impact on people's lives.
"The college has grown tremendously in
recent years and this gift will help us to accommodate the increasing
numbers of students enrolling here. Additionally, a substantial portion
of this gift will help create new research opportunities for our
faculty and students."
Dr. Acosta added that despite the donor's
current request to remain anonymous, he expects the college will be
able to publicly honor the benefactor within a year.
The College of Nursing has been given
more than $2 million by Shirley Tashiro Burke, a 1948 graduate now
living in Pittsburgh. The donation will be used to establish the
Shirley Tashiro Burke Education and Research Fund in Nursing.
Andrea Lindell, DNSc, dean of the College
of Nursing, said, "This wonderful gift will allow us to grow in a
number of ways by supporting faculty development--to meet the needs of
our increasing study body--and funding educational, building and
renovation, research and other student needs.
"In this time of severe nursing
shortages," said Dr. Lindell, "we will be able to ensure that more
nurses complete their nursing programs and serve the community as
We are extremely grateful to Mrs. Burke for this selfless gift to the future of nursing."
"It's extremely gratifying when graduates
recognize the value and importance of the education they received at
the University of Cincinnati," said Mary Sue Cheeseman, associate
senior vice president of development at UC. "These two donors have
chosen to give back to their respective colleges, so that a new
generation of students might also benefit from these programs of
UC College of Pharmacy, one of the oldest
pharmacy colleges in the United States, offers both professional
practice (PharmD) and graduate (MS and PhD) degrees. Supported by an
active research faculty, the college provides students with an
opportunity to develop their individual skills. Graduates of the
college have a 100 percent placement rate prior to graduation, and are
highly sought after by professional and pharmaceu-tical employers. The
most recent class of PharmD graduates achieved a 100 percent passing
grade on the National Pharmacy Licensure Examination (NABPLEX).