Rear Admiral Julia Plotnick (Ret.) donated $1.25 million to the College of Nursing in 2014 to endow a global health professorship. The Julia and Harold Plotnick Endowed Professorship supports a tenured faculty position that will focus on research and innovative teaching methods to advance global health.
"UMass Dartmouth's College of Nursing enjoys a proud history of community involvement with graduates who are now in leadership positions locally, nationally, and globally," Plotnick said. "My hope is that generations of nursing scholars will continue to embrace that far-reaching and compassionate world view.”
The focus on global health will advance interdisciplinary scholarship at UMass Dartmouth while infusing the College of Nursing with an international perspective and preparing nurses for global health practices. Endowed professorships also help attract and retain world-class faculty.
Plotnick graduated from St. Anne's Hospital School of Nursing and served as the U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Chief Nurse Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service. A native of Fall River, she co-authored Volunteering at Home and Abroad: The Essential Guide for Nurses with UMass Dartmouth professor emeritus Dr. Jeanne Leffers. She received an honorary doctorate from UMass Dartmouth in 2010 and served as a lead commencement speaker.
"This generous gift is an investment in our nursing students, faculty, and programs as they reach new levels of academic excellence, particularly in confronting the global health challenges," said Chancellor Grossman.