has announced a $10 million gift from the to develop an autonomous, fully accredited nursing school on the campus in El Paso.
In 2009, the state was short some twenty thousand nurses. Due to the shortage, the region, which has a population of some 2.2 million people, has been federally designated as a medically underserved area. A regional vision for higher education was outlined in the Blueprint for Global Competitiveness in the Paso del Norte Region, prepared last year by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In recognition of the gift, the school will be named the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing after the wife of Woody L. Hunt, chairman of the foundation and CEO of .
"Our foundation's commitment to Texas Tech for the development of its nursing school is intended to build additional capacity for the preparation of healthcare professionals in the Paso del Norte region," said Hunt. "It is meant to complement the nursing education and research programs at other regional institutions and to work in a collaborative manner."