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Building Campaign


The UT College of Nursing and our graduates are poised to play a key role in transforming health care in Tennessee and beyond.  On October 4, Dean Victoria Niederhauser announced the launch of a campaign to expand and enhance the college’s facilities.

According to the US Department of Labor, registered nurses are listed among the top occupations for job growth. As our baby boomer population ages and the need for health care grows, there are projected openings for more than 200,000 RNs per year, through 2026.

To meet the workforce demands in our state and beyond, the College of Nursing has developed a five-year plan to increase enrollment from 800 students in 2018 to 1,300 in 2023. Unfortunately, we cannot meet these growth goals in our current space.

The college currently operates from a 44-year-old 42,000 square-foot building, which houses more than 150 faculty and staff members and delivers nursing courses to 1,050 undergraduate and graduate students. Office, classroom, and laboratory spaces are bursting at the seams, and students do not have room to study or interact with classmates.

These challenges have opened the door for opportunity with plans for a building capital campaign. The proposed state-of-the-art building project will increase the college’s space to 110,000 square feet and will feature enhanced simulation labs, dynamic classroom environments, and student collaboration areas.

The catalyst for launching the building campaign came in the form of a transformational $7.5 million gift—the largest in the college’s history—from Sara Croley (BSN ’00) and her husband, Ross. Pending approval from the Board of Trustees, the renovated space will be named the Croley Nursing Building in recognition of their generous support.

The investment is one that is certain to pay off for Tennessee. More than 70 percent of UT’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing students work in Tennessee after graduation.

The $85+ million anticipated cost for the project will be funded through a combination of donations and state funding. The college has set a campaign goal to raise $12.5 million in private support.

Ross and Sara Croley

“Ross and I are investing in the future of nursing in Tennessee. We hope this gift opens the door of opportunity for many more amazing nurses…”

-Sara Rosenbalm Croley (BSN ’00)


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Campaign Launch Press Release


To learn more about the building and its fundraising campaign, contact Diannah Eagle, Director of Advancement.