A generous donation of $15 million from The Oxley Foundation will provide critical support for TU’s new College of Health Sciences.
The new college will support TU’s role in the Tulsa School of Community Medicine (TCSM), a joint four-year community medical education program formed with the University of Oklahoma to help address Oklahoma’s low health status, low health systems performance and physician shortage.
TU will establish a number of faculty endowments with the gift, including the Oxley Dean of Health Sciences and Oxley professorships in anatomy, neural anatomy, virology and pharmacology.
Since its founding in 1985 by Mary K. and John T. Oxley of Tulsa, The Oxley Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in charitable grants, primarily in the areas of education, social welfare, health and equine sports. The foundation gave $15 million to the University of Oklahoma.
“The gifts to TU and OU represent the largest donation in our foundation’s history,” said R.H. Harbaugh, trustee of The Oxley Foundation. “Endeavors like the new College of Health Sciences and the partnership between TU and OU will help improve the health of our community and position Tulsa as a leader in training physicians to make a difference through the practice of community medicine.”
In 2015, the College of Health Sciences will focus on consolidating programs and other operations. As inaugural dean and vice president for health sciences, Dr. Gerard Clancy will evaluate current programs and curricula in addition to exploring opportunities for new degree programs, chief among them an interdisciplinary master’s program in healthcare delivery sciences.
“Establishing the College of Health Sciences better positions TU to address continuing healthcare needs within the community, both through the production of health professionals and the provision of clinical services as part of our teaching mission,” said university President Steadman Upham. “The Oxley Foundation continues to be a key strategic partner in our progress. This remarkable $15 million commitment supports not only our involvement in the TCSM, but also our larger health education effort.”