Notre Dame gets $1.5 million gift for nursing program

An alumna of Notre Dame of Maryland University gave the college a $1.5 million gift that will fund an endowed chair in its School of Nursing.

Frances Kay Pitts, who graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1996, gave the gift through a family foundation run with her husband, James F. Pitts, who retired two years ago as a vice president at Northrop Grumman. The college this week announced the gift, which will support its first endowed chair in the nursing program.

The Frances Kay Pitts Endowed Chair for Nursing Leadership and Innovation will support scholarship, research and projects in the School of Nursing. In a statement, the college said Pitts was impressed by the nursing program after a recent visit.

Notre Dame considers its nursing program a key strength, and its new president, Marylou Yam, has a nursing background.

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