March 19, 2013
COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, firstname.lastname@example.org
WTAMU, NWTH Establish Eunice King Professorship in Nursing
CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University and Northwest Texas Healthcare System (NWTH) will honor the late Eunice King with the establishment of the Eunice King Professorship in Nursing during a special alumni reception from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at NWTH’s main lobby.
NWTH has given $50,000 toward the professorship to recognize King’s years of dedication and excellence to the nursing profession. King, who passed away Jan. 30, 2011, was a leader in the healthcare field in a career that spanned 40 years. She served as director of the Northwest Texas School of Nursing and under her watch, the school became the largest diploma school in the state of Texas. She also helped develop the Licensed Vocational Nurse Program and the Associate Degree Program in Nursing at Amarillo College
She understood the importance of a baccalaureate degree and was instrumental in the creation of the nursing degree programs at WTAMU. In 1983 officials at WTAMU and NWTH approved a merger between the Northwest Texas Hospital School of Nursing’s diploma program and the baccalaureate program at WTAMU. In 1984 the two faculties joined together at WTAMU and in 1985, the diploma program at NWTH closed its doors. King served as dean of WTAMU’s Department of Nursing for four years.
WTAMU graduates today are achieving a first-time pass rate on the NCLEX exam of 95 percent and a 100 percent employment rate in the first year—all linked directly to the strong program King built at the University. The Eunice King Professorship in Nursing will reflect her passion, dedication and professionalism and contribute to the program’s foundation of academic excellence in terms of research and help in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty.
Alumni and community members are invited to Thursday’s special reception. For more information about the Eunice King professorship, contact Carrie Guthrie with the WTAMU Foundation at 806-651-3326.