As the first holder of the Mary O’Neil Mundinger chair, School of Nursing Dean Bobbie Berkowitz (pictured) is implementing her own vision for the future even as she builds on the work of her long-serving and accomplished predecessor. Today, the School’s leading priorities include raising money for scholarships to ensure a diverse student body, expanding research to help build the science of health and healthcare, contributing to health policy, and engaging staff and faculty in developing strategic initiatives. Another key goal for Dean Berkowitz is to continue to strengthen relationships with Nursing alumni, one of the school’s most valued constituencies.
As dean of Columbia’s School of Nursing from 1986 to 2010, Mary O’Neil Mundinger had a wide-reaching influence on nursing education and practice nationwide. When she announced in 2009 that she would step down as dean, the school’s alumni and friends raised $2.5 million to endow a professorship in her name, to be held by the school’s future deans.
Leadership commitments in support of the new endowment — ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 — include pledges from Hilda Hodges Jones ’79NRS and Christopher S. Jones ’67LAW, Trustee Emeritus Michael E. Patterson ’67LAW and Elena Patterson, Mary Dickey Lindsay ’45NRS, and Sally Shipley Stone ’69NRS and Charles L. Stone, Jr. ’71PS.
Published: June 2011