Demonstrating a firm commitment to the growth of St. Bonaventure University and the economic strength of the region, Cutco Foundation, Inc. has committed $250,000 to St. Bonaventure’s School of Health Professions.
The contribution will aid in the further development of the university’s new School of Health Professions.
“Our partnership with the Cutco Foundation stands as one of St. Bonaventure’s greatest strengths,” said Dr. Dennis R. DePerro, president of the university. “This investment is further proof of the Foundation’s strong commitment to empowering the community and advancing the university.”
The Foundation’s investment builds on the contributions of St. Bonaventure’s alumni and friends, including a $600,000 award from Iroquois Group to initially begin the school.
Created in 2016 to help meet the growing demand for skilled and caring healthcare providers, Bona’s School of Health Professions currently offers bachelor’s degree programs in Public Health and Health Science. Several programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels are expected to be added over the next five years.
Programs in the disciplines of nursing, healthcare cyber security, occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant studies are in development. They will lead to professional licensure as well as academic and research degree programs that offer students the opportunity to develop advanced skills in management and leadership in the healthcare arena. To date, the university has hired a director to build an undergraduate program in nursing and a director to create a graduate program in physician assistant studies.
“This gift to the School of Health Professions ultimately promotes the wellbeing of our community,” said James E. Stitt, president of the Cutco Foundation and a trustee at St. Bonaventure. “Building the health professions at St. Bonaventure will offer area students a range of clinical and non-clinical degree programs close to home. We are proud to invest in this vital initiative.”
The university’s Franciscan intellectual tradition serves as the foundation for the School of Health Professions. Students will learn to provide care that involves healing the person rather than just curing the illness.
For more information about the School of Health Professions or to make a gift, please contact Bob Van Wicklin, vice president for Advancement, at (800) 664-1273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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