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Gary and Linda Byers Name Walsh's School of Nursing

What's New, 2013-09-16

Gary and Linda Byers of Chicago, Illinois, named the Walsh University School of Nursing, which was officially dedicated on September 16, 2013. This is the latest donation by the Byers' family stemming from a previously established scholarship dedicated to the memory of Linda's mother, Helen Irene Peer, a nurse at Timken Mercy Hospital. This latest gift includes funds to purchase equipment and further advance Walsh University's rapidly growing nursing program, as well as establish a second scholarship for students who wish to pursue a career in the field of nursing.

"It's true, before 2000 we had no connection to Walsh University. But what Walsh stands for is what drew us to the university. We love the mission of service," Linda Byers said. The Byers' desire was to help nursing students, and they chose Walsh University because of their belief in the mission of the University. They wanted to support an institution that was of modest size, lived its Catholic values and had a nursing program.

"We are really impressed in Walsh bringing the nursing program to where it is today, providing competent and caring nurses to major hospitals and medical centers in the region," said Gary Byers. The nursing program is Walsh University's largest program, with 339 students enrolled, and program graduates regularly surpass a 96 percent pass rate on the state licensure examination.

Fifteen nursing students have received Byers-funded scholarships that enabled them to complete their degrees and become nurses. According to Dr. Linda Linc, Dean of the Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing, "the generosity of the Byers will allow us to further brand and promote our excellent nursing program throughout the region. We are thrilled to have such generous benefactors for the Walsh nursing program and will ensure that we are good stewards of their generosity."