WPU Receives 500K Anonymous Gift in Support of RN to BSN Program

November 22, 2019
WPU State of the University

William Peace University (WPU) has received a gift of $500,000 by an anonymous donor in support of the newly established RN to BSN program, a key element of the Believe in Peace Strategic Plan. This gift, along with the recent creation of the Lynn Kendrick Erdman `75 Nursing Scholarship which is set to be awarded for the first time this fall, has provided a strong base for this new innovative academic program.

The gift, announced by President Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D. at the 4th annual State of the University Address<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAgazRAYehc>, served as a highlight of the address.

“This gift is an outstanding testament to our community’s belief in not just our RN to BSN program, but in our University as a leader and community partner in the Raleigh area and beyond,” said President Brian Ralph, Ph.D. “This investment in our community showcases our supporters’ belief in both our students and in the influence of WPU as a thought-leader in our community.”

Launched in January 2019, WPU is the only Triangle institution to offer an RN to BSN program and has affiliation agreements with four major healthcare centers in the area, WakeMed Health and Hospitals, UNC Rex Healthcare and UNC Physicians Network. The $500,000 gift will be used to support the overall program as well as capital improvements within the RN to BSN program.

According to the donor, “The program serves as a foundation for the University’s ongoing expansion into health sciences based curricula, as well as, provides a significant connection to health care leaders within the Raleigh-Durham community, which is exactly why we chose to support this initiative at Peace.”

The State of the University Address focused on the overall progress of the University, showcasing major strides that WPU has made on and off-campus with the strategic plan. These highlights included:

* A panel that detailed an example of immersive learning from a faculty, student, community partner and Director of Immersive Learning perspective. The honors class worked with the homeless to find ways to better understand and serve this group.

* Celebrated a 123% increase in gifts to the University and a 38% increase in alumni engagement, year over year

* Launch of a new Immersive Learning Center and redesigned curriculum to support immersive learning throughout the classroom

* Re-introduction of the University’s magazine: PEACE Magazine

* Introduction of a new online alumni community (Alumni Connect)

If you are interested in supporting vital academic programming and investing in our next generation of Peace leaders, please visit peace.edu/give today.