John Brown U. nursing program receives $6M gift

SILOAM SPRINGS (AP) - John Brown University says it's received a $6 million gift for its new nursing education facility and an endowment for the university's new nursing program.

JBU President Chip Pollard announced the gift Thursday and said the donor wants to remain anonymous. The university is working to raise about $10 million total for the program.

JBU was approved last month by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing to begin recruiting students to start in fall 2014 in the pre-nursing phase of the program.

Architectural planning for the estimated 20,000 square-foot nursing facility will start in 2014 with construction starting in 2015. The building is to open in fall 2016 with the first class of nursing majors.

John Brown University is a private Christian university in Siloam Springs with about 2,500 students.

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