(July 15, 2013) – Edgewood College is pleased and honored to announce the
formal creation of the Henry Predolin School of Nursing. The Predolin name for
the School of Nursing will take effect immediately.
announcement comes as recognition for both a significant gift to the renovation
of the new School of Nursing, and for the ongoing support of the Henry J. Predolin
Foundation for student scholarships in Nursing and in other academic areas.
“We are deeply
grateful to Henry Predolin, and to the foundation he created, for the doors
that are opened for our students,” President Dan Carey said. “It was my
privilege to meet with Henry several times. He clearly loved the Edgewood
College students he met, especially the ‘underdogs.’ Henry was a true leader
and visionary, and his legacy will be felt by generations of students in the
Foundation officials shared this statement: “Henry
J. Predolin Foundation, Inc. is honored to have the School of Nursing at
Edgewood College named after its founder, the late Henry Predolin. Mr. Predolin
would have been very pleased to see his foundation’s resources used to fund
construction of the new nursing school facilities and to provide scholarships
to Henry Predolin School of Nursing students. Predolin Foundation’s Board of
Directors congratulates Edgewood College on its new nursing school facilities
and extends its best wishes to all past and future graduates of the nursing
school. These nursing school graduates will make a real difference in the
health care profession for many years to come, which is what Mr. Predolin
envisioned when he named Edgewood College as a beneficiary of the Henry J.
The renovation of the Henry Predolin School of
Nursing more than doubles the space dedicated to the School - from 6,000 to
15,000 square feet - and centralizes classroom, office, conference and meeting
spaces for nursing students. That expansion comes at a critical time, says Dean
Margaret Noreuil, RN, Ph. D. “Our Nursing graduates continue to move into
healthcare careers here in Wisconsin and beyond at an increasing rate. Our
communities need these men and women who serve with intellect, spirit,
imagination and heart,” Noreuil said.
In the 2012-2013 academic year, 108 students
received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Edgewood College, both through
the traditional and accelerated post-baccalaureate programs. Approximately 90%
of Nursing students remain in Wisconsin after graduation, and serve in a wide
variety of healthcare settings, including local and regional hospitals and
clinics, public health departments, school districts, home healthcare settings,
and health advocacy agencies.
About Henry Predolin
founder of the Predolin Foundation, served on the Edgewood College Board of
Trustees from 1988 to 1991. He came from the small town of Zadar on the
Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Born into an entrepreneurial family, he learned the
value of strong ethics, honesty, and hard work from his father. He came to
America in his twenties to start a new life after World War II. Starting from
the bottom, he built a substantial business empire. His philanthropy started
early in life and grew with his success. He did not seek recognition for
himself. The tragic loss of his only son
to childhood leukemia affected him deeply. He established a private foundation
and dedicated it to the memory of his son, Henry J. Predolin. He intended this
foundation to benefit children, higher education, and the research of leukemia
and its cure.
Madison, Wis., Edgewood College is a liberal arts Catholic college in the
Dominican tradition. We serve approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate
students at our Monroe Street and Deming Way campuses, and online. The College
offers more than 40 academic and professional programs, including master’s
degrees in business, education, and nursing, and doctoral degrees in
educational leadership and nursing practice. For more information about EdgewoodCollege,
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