University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: Meyer Family Foundation Gives $5 Million for UMHB Nursing Building

June 12, 2011
UMHB Nursing
UMHB Nursing

Belton, Texas – University of Mary Hardin-Baylor announced today that the Paul and Jane Meyer Family Foundation has pledged a gift of $5 million toward the construction of a new nursing building for the Belton campus.  In recognition of this lead gift, the three-story building will be named the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center, in memory of Paul Meyer’s mother, who worked both as a nurse and as an educator during her lifetime.

The new 70,000-square-foot home for the university’s Scott & White College of Nursing will feature state-of-the-art simulation centers where students will practice their clinical nursing skills.  The facility will feature high-tech classrooms designed for best practices in nursing education.  A learning resource center, faculty offices, and a large lecture hall will also be included in the center.

The nursing building grant is the second major gift to UMHB from the Meyer family.  In 2003, Paul and Jane Meyer contributed the lead gift for the Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center, to provide a home for the College of Christian Studies.  This gift was a reflection of the Meyers’ strong commitment to their Christian faith and touches the lives of all students when they study Old and New Testament as part of UMHB’s core curriculum.

The Meyers are known worldwide for their philanthropy, supporting a wide range of charities and ministries.  Paul Meyer, who passed away in 2009, first made his mark on the world of business in the 1960s when he founded Success Motivation Institute, a company committed to motivating people to reach their full potential.  His flagship company grew into an international group of companies marketing personal development materials in more than 60 countries and in 23 languages. 

“We are very grateful to Jane Meyer and her family for this timely gift,” said Dr. Randy O’Rear, president of UMHB.  “The Mary Hardin-Baylor nursing program has earned a stellar reputation for producing caring, compassionate Christian nurses, and it is appropriate that this building be named for Isabelle Rutherford Meyer, who also was known to her patients and co-workers as a caring, compassionate Christian nurse.  This gift from the Paul and Jane Meyer Family Foundation will give our nursing program room to grow, so that many more students will be able to study nursing at UMHB in the years to come.”

Jane Meyer traces her interest in UMHB back to her early years growing up in nearby Temple, Texas.  “I have always appreciated Mary Hardin-Baylor’s strong commitment to Christian higher education.  I have been praying about what role I could play in helping the university with its new Campus Master Plan.  I am so excited to support the construction of this transformational facility for the College of Nursing.”

Mrs. Meyer chose to make this gift in memory of Paul’s mother, Isabelle Rutherford Meyer, who completed her nursing studies in 1922 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and worked for many years as a nurse and, later, as a teacher.  Paul Meyer often credited his mother with teaching him the principles which laid the groundwork for his future success.  He wrote, “My mother taught me that when you concentrate on the positives in your life, you stir up the desire to get moving, to seize the day and to take action.”  

The Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center will be constructed on the southern edge of the UMHB campus at 9th Avenue and Shine Street.  GSC Architects of Austin is designing the building, which is expected to carry a price tag of $20 million.  The university plans to break ground for the facility by the end of this year with the goal of completing the building by fall 2013.