Campus: San José State University -- October 4, 2004
$1M Grant for Nursing Endowed Chair
Valley Foundation Supports SJSU's School of Nursing by Funding First
San Josť State University has named Associate Professor Colleen O'Leary-Kelley
as the first endowed chair for the School of Nursing, a position made possible by
funding from The Valley Foundation of Los Gatos. The funding that made this endowed
position possible exceeded $1 million.
Not only is O'Leary-Kelley the first fully-funded endowed chair in the School of
Nursing, she's the first in the history of the university, says Jayne Cohen,
director of SON. Besides clinical and classroom teaching responsibilities,
O'Leary-Kelley will provide curriculum update and development, and conduct
"SJSU has had ongoing support and commitment from The Valley Foundation for our
nursing programs," says Cohen. "The foundation has filled a need at a time when
there is a nursing faculty shortage in the state and throughout the country -- as
well as severe budget cuts in education."
"Because of these budget cuts, we have had to turn students away who are eligible
to enroll in our program," continues Cohen. "With this endowment, we are better
prepared to reach our capacity enrollment by providing students with a quality
education. We feel fortunate to have O'Leary-Kelley, who is a highly-skilled
medical/surgical nurse, as our first endowed chair."
"The Valley Foundation is very pleased to have been able to partner with San Josť
State and the School of Nursing in creating this endowment," said Phillip R. Boyce,
board chairman. "This partnership, which will enhance nursing education at SJSU,
is a prime example of the foundation's focus on programs that improve the quality
of life in our community."
O'Leary-Kelley has served as a staff nurse in the medical/surgical intensive care
unit of VA Palo Alto Health Care System; as staff nurse in the cardiac ICU at UC
San Francisco Stanford Health Care; and critical care educator and staff nurse at
Sequoia Hospital, in Redwood City. She has also served as an adult medical/surgical
clinical instructor at SJSU.
In 2003, O'Leary-Kelley conducted research for VA Palo Alto while serving a
postdoctoral nurse fellowship. With numerous presentations to her credit,
O'Leary-Kelley has also contributed book chapters and invited reviews, and she has
received a number of grants, fellowships, honors and awards. She holds a doctor
of philosophy degree in nursing from UC San Francisco. Besides a registered nurse,
O'Leary-Kelley is certified in both critical care and nutrition support for
critically ill patients.
Established in 1984, The Valley Foundation, headquartered in Los Gatos, seeks to
improve the quality of life for the residents of Santa Clara County by providing
grants in health care, medical research, social services, education and arts.
SJSU's School of Nursing offers baccalaureate, master's and post-master's nursing
education programs. All programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate
Nursing Education, and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
The school also has several Nurse Managed Centers in the community.
Contacts: Nancy L. Stake, Ron Bottini at 408-924-1166