Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., has announced a $20 million gift from Bill and Joanne Conway in support of its nursing program.
The largest single gift in the university's history will help fund construction of a nursing and sciences building and boosts the couple's support of CUA's nursing program to $40 million. Longtime supporters of the university, the couple's previous gifts funded the Conway Scholars program and several nursing scholarships. In recognition of their support, the nursing school will be renamed the Conway School of Nursing.
Bill Conway is co-founder and co-executive chair of the Carlyle Group and serves on the university's board of trustees. He and his wife received honorary degrees from the university in 2017.
"We have been so pleased with the exceptional quality of the Catholic University nurses and can see the tremendous impact they will each have on thousands of patients throughout their careers," said Bill Conway. "While we have generally been very focused on scholarships, when we learned that the main obstacle to producing more of these great nurses was the university's current facilities, we knew we had to invest in a new school building."