January 12, 2016

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

To the Anteater community:

I am delighted to announce that the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation has committed $40 million to establish our new nursing school and assist in the construction of a new building to house it. The gift, which will help the university address critical healthcare concerns, is the largest single donation ever to our campus.

This visionary gift will have a significant, lasting impact on the health of our community, state, and nation. 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.

When approved, the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing will be the fourth school of nursing in the UC system. The gift will fund the construction of the Sue and Bill Gross Nursing and Health Sciences Hall on campus, which will allow us to hire new faculty and nearly double the program’s current enrollment.

Moreover, the funding will help broaden the reach of our innovative community partnerships addressing the healthcare needs of underserved populations, with current off-campus programs focused on nutrition and wellness, prenatal care, and complex clinical cases requiring a team-based or coordinated approach.

For more about this transformative gift, read the news release.

Please join me in expressing our sincere gratitude to Sue and Bill Gross for their generous and longtime support.

Fiat Lux,

Chancellor Howard Gillman