Buckhannon, WV—Local businessman and long-time supporter of West Virginia Wesleyan College, Mike Ross, on behalf of Mike Ross, Inc., has donated $20,000 to the College's nursing program.
Ross presented the check to Wesleyan officials on Monday, February 25 in the newly named Senator Mike Ross Conference Room in the Howard D. Naylor '39 and Audrey Holden Naylor '41 Nursing Simulation Lab.
The gift from Ross will be applied to a $200,000 challenge grant Wesleyan received last fall from the Naylor Family Trust. The College has secured over $55,000 in gifts towards the required $100,000 match and hopes to secure the remaining $45,000 before May 1.
"Mike has been a tremendous supporter of the College for many years," noted Wesleyan President Pamela Balch. "He has a deep interest in our nursing program and it is appropriate that we now have a room in our state-of-the-art simulation lab named in his honor."
Last year, Ross donated $50,000 toward the David E. Reemsnyder Research Center allowing Wesleyan to successfully secure all of the required funding for a $400,000 challenge grant from the Reeves Foundation. In addition to these donations, Ross established the Mike Ross Scholarship in 2001, which assists undergraduate students who are West Virginia residents, graduates of West Virginia high schools, and who without financial assistance, would be unable to attend Wesleyan.
Wesleyan offers a bachelor of science in nursing as well as a master's of science in nursing administration and nursing education. The College also offers a master's degree and certificate of endorsement in nurse mid-wifery and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner through collaboration with Shenandoah University. In the fall 2013, a family nurse practitioner program will be offered. All of Wesleyan's nursing programs are accredited by the Board of Commissioners of the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC).
In 2012, 100 percent of Wesleyan's 25 nursing graduates passed the 2012 National Council Licensure Examination (NCFLRX-RN).
In May 2013, the School of Business will offer an MBA concentration in Health Care Administration. This program will enable MBA students to apply advanced business concepts to the health care industry. In addition, a joint MSN/MBA degree in cooperation with the Master's in Nursing Program will be offered by fall 2013 for nursing professionals interested in pursuing a graduate degree with a concentration in nursing administration who also want the business credential.