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August 14, 2012

Ohio University health programs receive $500,000 gift 

California alumnus endows scholarships in nursing, nutrition, public health  

Ohio University alumnus Frank Stevens has pledged more than $500,000 to the nutrition, nursing and public health programs in the university’s College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP).  

Stevens, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio University Foundation, lives in the Los Angeles area. He is an expert on health policy at the Berkeley Research Group, a global consulting firm based in Emeryville, Calif. He has worked with clients in nearly every state, including hospitals, physician organizations, pharmaceutical firms and medical device companies.

Stevens has been a strong supporter of CHSP in recent years, heading its Dean’s Advisory Council and Promise Lives Campaign, as well as serving as a guest lecturer. In a talk on campus in May, he discussed the likely impacts on U.S. health policy of the Supreme Court’s then-pending decision on the Affordable Care Act.

“As a 1974 graduate of Ohio University (University College), I believe that the College of Health Sciences and Professions will be one of the key programs that will prepare undergraduates and graduate students and inspire them to meet the challenges ahead for our health care system,” Stevens said.  

Stevens’ gift consists of four parts, to be divided among several academic programs. The endowments will fund the Franklin B. Stevens Gluten Free Scholarship for Nutrition, for students in the Nutrition program in CHSP’s School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness; the Frank B. and Bernadine P. Stevens Nursing Scholarship (named for the donor’s parents) for students in the School of Nursing; the Franklin B. Stevens Scholarship for Nurse Practitioners, to help students in the Master of Nursing program who are pursuing the specialty of family nurse practitioner; and the Franklin B. Stevens Scholarship for students in the Health Services Administration, Long-Term Care Administration or Master of Health Administration programs, all in CHSP’s Department of Social and Public Health.  

“During my time as dean, I’ve come to know Frank as a strong supporter of the College of Health Sciences and Professions,” said Dean Randy Leite. “Year after year, he gives considerable time and effort to the college through his leadership of committees and his many presentations and meetings with students. This gift merely extends the many ways Frank has made a difference in the lives of our students.”  

Stevens’ gift is part of Ohio University’s The Promise Lives Campaign, an effort to raise $450 million in support of students, faculty, facilities, outreach and the student experience by June 30, 2015. As of July 31, the University had raised more than $406 million toward this goal.  

To learn more or to make a contribution to The Promise Lives Campaign, visit

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