Meyer family gives $5 million gift for nursing education center
In June, the Paul and Jane Meyer Family Foundation pledged a gift of $5 million toward the construction of a new nursing building. In recognition of this lead gift, the three-story building will be named the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center in memory of Paul Meyer’s mother, who worked both as a nurse and as an educator during her lifetime.
The new 70,000-square-foot home for the university’s Scott & White College of Nursing will feature state-of-the-art simulation centers where students will practice their clinical nursing skills. The facility will feature high-tech classrooms designed for best practices in nursing education. A learning resource center, faculty offices, and a large lecture hall will also be included in the center.
The nursing building grant is the second major gift to UMHB from the Meyer family. In 2003, Paul and Jane Meyer contributed the lead gift for the Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center, to provide a home for the College of Christian Studies.
“We are very grateful to Jane Meyer and her family for this timely gift,” said President Randy O’Rear. “This gift will give our nursing program room to grow, so that many more students will be able to study nursing at UMHB in the years to come.”
Jane Meyer traces her interest in UMHB back to her early years growing up in nearby Temple, Texas.
“I have always appreciated Mary Hardin-Baylor’s strong commitment to Christian higher education. I have been praying about what role I could play in helping the university with its new Campus Master Plan. I am so excited to support the construction of this transformational facility for the College of Nursing.”
The Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center will be constructed on the southern edge of the campus at 9th Avenue and Shine Street. GSC Architects of Austin is designing the building, which is expected to carry a price tag of $20 million. The university plans to break ground for the facility by the end of this year with the goal of completing the building by fall 2013.