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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

UC Davis dedicates new nursing school to Betty Irene Moore

Inaugural classes establish scholarship fund to further grow student opportunities

University of California, UC Davis and UC Davis Health System leaders on Oct. 8 formally dedicated the university’s newest professional school, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, to philanthropist Betty Irene Moore during a ceremony that also welcomed the inaugural classes. Conducted at The California Museum, the Dedication and Inaugural Welcoming event also included a surprise from the students themselves: the announcement of a $43,000 endowed scholarship fund for future scholars.

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
Dedication and Inaugural Welcoming Ceremony

“We commend the commitment and generosity of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to launch this school in partnership with the University of California,” said Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor for nursing at UC Davis and founding dean of the school. “Such public-private partnerships are vital to develop new, innovative programs at the time when they are critically needed. We applaud the Moore family and the foundation for their vision and efforts.”

Young noted the celebration came just days after national nurse leaders released an Institute of Medicine report calling for nurses to take their place as leaders in American health care and to increase the educational opportunities for nurses.

“I am pleased to say that the vision and strategies of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing are in full alignment with the recommendations of the IOM report,” Young said at the ceremony. “We are already implementing actions necessary to prepare nurses to lead the transformation of our nation’s health-care system. This is an unprecedented time to unleash the power and passion of nursing.”

As part of the festivities, the inaugural classes of students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing received their official welcome to the school. The students provided their own surprise to the evening when they announced the establishment of an Inaugural Classes Endowed Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to future students. Each of the 33 students of the inaugural classes pledged support and altogether raised $43,000.

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Above: School of Nursing students gather before ceremony.



Students entering Dedication and Inaugural Welcoming Ceremony.



Convening Chair of the National Advisory Council Claire Fagin and Associate Dean Deborah Ward enjoy the ceremony.



Chief Executive Officer of UC Davis Health System Claire Pomeroy speaks about dreams becoming a reality.



UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi speaks about the honor of dedicating a new school.



Dedication and formal naming of the nursing school for Betty Irene Moore.



School leaders welcome each student to the inaugural classes.



Student Terri Wolf announces the launch of the Betty Irene Moore Inaugural Classes Endowed Scholarship.



Terri Wolf, a UC Davis Health System nurse and member of the Master of Science class, said the students were eager to demonstrate their appreciation for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s financial support.

“We wanted to follow that lead and start giving back to the next generation of nurse leaders right away,” Wolf said. “Why should we wait to be asked for support after we graduate, when we can demonstrate our gratitude and commitment to this school right now?”

Young said the announcement spoke volumes about the students’ commitment to igniting nurse leadership. “This scholarship fund is one more indication of these inaugural classes’ commitment to the vision and mission of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing,” Young said. “It is an unprecedented move for students to make such a statement and investment. It highlights their leadership and ability to see beyond themselves to the future.”


The inaugural classes of the innovative Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Programs consist of eight Doctor of Philosophy students and 25 Master of Science students. The doctoral program is the first doctoral nursing program in the inland Northern California and Central Valley regions.

The Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group prepares nurse leaders, researchers and faculty in a unique interdisciplinary and interprofessional environment. As with other graduate groups at UC Davis, this program engages faculty from across the campus with expertise in nursing, medicine, health informatics, nutrition, biostatistics, public health and other fields. Currently, the graduate group includes 28 faculty from across campus.

The highly qualified inaugural graduate cohort reflects diverse expertise in multiple settings and with various populations. The doctoral students include nurses and public-health and informatics specialists. The incoming students work for organizations throughout the area, including UC Davis Health System as well as a variety of large, regional health systems and small, community-based organizations.

The master’s degree students also come from a range of backgrounds and health settings including nutrition and public health. Like the doctoral class, the new class includes nurses from a variety of health-care systems both large and small.