Madison, Wis. (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.
The 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 future.”
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. Predolin Foundation.”
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
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.
About Edgewood College
Located in 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 Edgewood College, please visit www.edgewood.edu, or call Ed Taylor in Marketing & Communications at 608-663-2333.