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Woody L. Hunt, left, and wife Gayle Greve Hunt pose during a media event announcing their gift creating a new nursing school named in Gayle Hunt's honor in El Paso, Texas. View more photos
Sharing their vision for the future of El Paso and Texas, the Hunt Family Foundation announced a $10 million gift to create a new nursing school at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s El Paso campus that will help ease a statewide shortage of nurses and continue to advance the standard of border health care.
The gift from Woody L. Hunt and his wife Gayle Greve Hunt, through their family’s foundation, will be used to hire new faculty, increase student enrollment and begin construction on a new building. The school will be named the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing.
“We are honored to name the future El Paso nursing school after Gayle Hunt,” said Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance during the Oct. 21 announcement. “The Hunt family has been a tremendous friend and supporter over the years, and thanks to this contribution, we will continue to serve our communities through unrivaled teaching, research and patient care.”
For the Hunt family, establishing the nursing school is a way to support the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center while also impacting the their local community, according to Woody Hunt, chairman of the Hunt Family Foundation and CEO of Hunt Companies, a real estate development and investment company headquartered in El Paso.
“We believe this type of initiative promotes strategic economic development as well as meeting our border health challenges,” said Woody Hunt.
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has worked to address a statewide nursing shortage and innovate in border health care education at its El Paso campus. According to Josefina Lujan, regional dean of the El Paso nursing school, the program has a current enrollment of about 60 nursing students. Texas Tech administrators expect that with the creation of the Hunt School of Nursing, enrollment will grow to 500 students by 2015.