Betty and Bob Beyster Donate $7M to Fund Groundbreaking Nursing Institute at University of San Diego’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sci

Sally Brosz Hardin, PhD, APRN, FAAN, dean of the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, announced today that Dr. and Mrs. J. Robert Beyster have donated $7 million to fund the Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation at the University of San Diego.

“The Beysters’ generous gift will create the foundation for the nation’s first institute for nursing research. There is no other institute for nursing research of this kind in the United States. I am so grateful to Mrs. Beyster and the whole Beyster family. They understand the importance of nursing research and advanced practice for the future of healthcare for San Diego, for all of California and for the country,” said Dean Hardin.

Dr. Beyster, a respected physicist, founded SAIC, the largest employee-owned research and engineering firm in the United States in 1969. Today, SAIC is an internationally respected company with offices and employees around the globe. Dr. Beyster is also the founder and Chairman of the Foundation for Enterprise Development, which assists organizations considering employee ownership. Mrs. Betty Beyster is a devoted volunteer, who has served on many boards in San Diego and is an accomplished gardener. Together, the Beysters are generous philanthropists who have supported the arts, culture, education, employee ownership, the environment and health and human services.

“We are very encouraged by the work the USD School of Nursing is doing to dramatically increase the number of nursing educators. We want to help the school further their work in this area and expand its teaching and research facilities,” said Mrs. Beyster. “There is still so much work to do and so we hope our gift will inspire others to contribute to the school and help them dramatically increase the number of advanced practice registered nurses, nurse educators and nurse scientists in our region.”

“The Beysters’ $7 million gift covers nearly half the costs of this crucial $15 million project,” said Dean Hardin. “We are confident other donors will join the Beysters to help us raise the additional funds.”

Built in 1978, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science was intended to serve just 100 students. Today, the school enrolls more than 450 students, and has provided up to 43 percent of the faculty for other nursing schools in San Diego. Moreover, the school is an incubator of nurse scientists, who guide and shape health care practice and policy at the local, national, and global level.

The new Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation will be built immediately adjacent to the existing Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science building on the south side of the USD campus. The three-story, LEED Gold Certified building will provide the most technologically advanced equipment available for students, faculty and area nurses.

The first floor will house an expanded Simulation and Standardized Patient Nursing Laboratory (USD’s is a nationally recognized model lab). The second floor will provide faculty, doctoral students and alumni with access to biomedical and nursing literature in a dedicated Doctoral Research Library. The building’s centerpiece will be the third floor that will house The Research Center, the heart of the school’s research efforts, seminar rooms and classrooms featuring moveable glass walls.

In her announcement, Dean Hardin said, “We believe the idea-brokers, the ambitious researchers, will find the third-floor incredibly inspiring. However, the building will feature something for all of our nursing students, our outstanding faculty, and practitioners. Most importantly, this building will allow us to significantly increase our enrollment and our impact on the nursing profession locally, regionally and nationally.”

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.