The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents today approved a resolution to name the university’s School of Nursing in honor of Anita Thigpen Perry. An official press conference with Gov. Perry and the First Lady will take place later this month.
As Texas’ First Lady, Mrs. Perry has worked to improve the well-being of Texans by promoting vital health care issues, encouraging young Texans to aid in the critical nursing shortage, and speaking on health concerns that affect Texans of all ages, such as heart disease prevention and breast cancer awareness.
Texas Tech University Chancellor Kent Hance said the new name will bring added prominence to the School of Nursing. “It is an honor to have Mrs. Perry as a part of the Texas Tech family,” Hance said. We are proud to be associated with the First Lady of Texas and pleased this school will carry her name.”
TTUHSC President John C. Baldwin said the School of Nursing has educated excellent nurses for the work force and now with the new name will bring additional recognition to this institution.
“Mrs. Perry is an advocate for the nursing profession as well as improving health care for this state,” Baldwin said. “Our TTUHSC School of Nursing has an exceptional reputation for excellence and now with this new name, the Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing, the First Lady adds her distinguished presence to this school.”
Mrs. Perry has a long-standing commitment to and passion for health care issues, which have helped guide her in her role as first lady. Inspired by her father’s life service as a family physician, Mrs. Perry spent 17 years working in the health care field.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing from West Texas State University, now West Texas A&M University, and a master’s degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Mrs. Perry held varied nursing positions in the areas of surgery, pediatrics, intensive care, administration and teaching.
Since inception, the TTUHSC School of Nursing leadership has challenged the status quo to create innovative learning possibilities that integrate the educational and lifestyle needs of its students. Collaborative endeavors have led to enhanced educational programs that attract students throughout the state and nation.
The School of Nursing was ranked among the top nursing schools in the nation for the third year in a row in U.S. News & World Report’s 2006 edition of America’s best graduate schools. It is the only ranked nursing school in the West Texas region. In 2007, the school graduated 450 students, making it the number two producer of degrees by a nursing school in the state.