Fugate Enterprises has made a $2 million gift to Newman University to support its science, nursing, and allied health professions programs and students.
“Fugate Enterprises has a long history of support for Newman University and this generous gift will have major impact for our students for decades to come,” said Newman University President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D.
The $2 million gift is part of Fugate Enterprises’ ongoing commitment to Newman University, which began in 1996. The university enjoys a strong partnership with Larry and Dana Fugate of Fugate Enterprises, who also serve as co-chairs on a campaign committee.
The Fugate Gymnasium located in O’Shaughnessy Hall and one of Newman University’s residence halls carry the Fugate name in recognition of Fugate Enterprises’ and Larry and Dana Fugate’s nearly 20-year history of giving to the university, its programs and its students.
“Any visitor to the Newman University campus could not walk away without a deep appreciation of how generous the Fugate family has been to Newman University,” said Chair of the Newman University Board of Trustees Linda Snook Davison. “We are very grateful for this additional, very significant support.”
“We have been blessed to be able to support many great organizations over the years. We are currently focusing our efforts on our top three – St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, and Newman University,” said Larry Fugate, owner of Wichita-based Fugate Enterprises. “We believe in our Catholic university, and especially in all it contributes to nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals in our region.”
About Newman University Science, Nursing and Allied Health:
- Ninety-five percent of Newman University pre-med graduates, who applied, have been accepted into medical schools for the past 15 years.
- All Newman University students who applied for medical school admission were accepted in 2014.
- The Newman University Nursing program is the only nursing program in Kansas (of 34 total) to have a more than 90 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) the past four years.