Bill and Sue Gross Award $40 Million to Establish Nursing School

The University of California, Irvine has announced a $40 million gift from the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation to establish a nursing school.

The largest single gift in the school's history will create the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing and fund construction of a new building, to be named the Sue and Bill Gross Nursing and Health Sciences Hall. Established in 2006, the school's Program in Nursing Science offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and, with the gift, will hire new faculty and nearly double its current enrollment. The funding also will be used to broaden the reach of community partnerships seeking to address the needs of underserved populations, including off-campus programs focused on nutrition and wellness, prenatal care, and complex clinical cases requiring a team-based or coordinated approach.

In 2006, the Gross Family Foundation awarded $10 million to UCI to create a stem cell research center and help fund a state-of-the-art facility for it.

"This visionary gift will have a significant, lasting impact on the health of our community, state, and nation," said UCI chancellor Howard Gillman. "As our society ages and depends more on primary care, the need for nurses is urgent. The Grosses' support will result in a substantial expansion of UCI's nursing program, ensuring a top-quality education for more talented, qualified students — and the leaders who train them — to help enrich the pipeline of prepared, skilled healthcare professionals."

"Sue and Bill Gross Commit $40 Million to Establish Nursing School." University of California, Irvine Press Release 01/11/2016.