Simpson University receives $250,000 grant from Fletcher Jones Foundation

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. – Simpson University has received a grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation in the amount of $250,000 for the development of nursing labs needed to support the university’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program.

Created in 1969, the Los Angeles-based Fletcher Jones Foundation provides grants and support for private, higher-education institutions, especially in California.

Simpson University President Dr. Larry McKinney said the grant will help the university’s efforts to expand its campus and better serve the growing healthcare industry.

“The generous gift from Fletcher Jones Foundation provides a big boost to our Gateway to the Future Campaign efforts as we continue to raise the necessary resources to support program development and to expand our campus through a new educational building for science and nursing,” Dr. McKinney said.

Simpson University’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing is scheduled to launch in fall 2010. The undergraduate program is designed to graduate students as licensed registered nurses (RNs) and with a B.S.N. degree.

The university’s Provost, Dr. Stanley Clark, said the B.S.N. program is intended to help address the shortage of nurses in the north state.

“This program will serve as yet another expression of our institutional commitment to world service and meeting the needs of the north state,” said Dr. Clark.

The B.S.N. program is still waiting for Board of Registered Nursing approval. A site visit is planned for late winter.

Simpson University is working on a partnership with Shasta College to rent clinical lab facilities at their Health Sciences and University Center in downtown Redding until the new laboratories are built on Simpson’s campus.

Celebrating 20 years in Redding, Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson’s academic programs also include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in nursing, counseling psychology and outdoor leadership. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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