Marymount University, Arlington, Va., has received a naming gift for one of its four academic schools a milestone in the universitys 61-year history. The contribution from Marlene A. and Frederic V. Malek has led to the naming of the Malek School of Health Professions, which houses Marymounts nursing programs.
This gift will have a tremendous impact, Tess Cappello, RN, PhD, dean of the School of Health Professions, said in a news release. The resources it provides will strengthen our programs and offer our students and faculty important new opportunities for professional development.
The amount of the gift to Marymounts Campaign for Excellence and Distinction was not disclosed, though the university called it the largest received by the campaign. It also includes an endowment for Marymounts School of Health Professions. The Maleks are well-known community leaders and are active on the Washington, D.C., political and cultural scene. They are longtime friends and supporters of Marymount.Marlene A. Malek and Frederic V. Malek
Marlene Malek, a community activist and healthcare advocate, is president of Friends of Cancer Research, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and provides public education on cancer research. She earned a nursing degree at Marymount in 1979.
Frederic Malek is founder and chairman of Thayer Lodging Group, a private equity firm, and founder and chairman of Thayer Capital Partners. He also has served as president and CEO of Marriott Hotels and Northwest Airlines.
At Marymounts recent commencement ceremonies, the Maleks were presented with the universitys highest honor, The Majella Berg Medal, in recognition of their lives of leadership and service.
One-sixth of Marymounts students nearly 600 men and women are enrolled in the undergraduate and graduate programs offered through the Malek School of Health Professions. The school offers Marymounts only doctoral programs, the clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Nursing Practice.
The Malek School is located in Caruthers Hall, Marymount Universitys new high-tech academic building, which opened in January.
There is a huge and growing need across the country and in our area for individuals skilled in, and devoted to, nursing and physical therapy, Marlene Malek said in a news release. Fred and I are honored to play a small role in the further development of Marymount Universitys excellent School of Health Professions, which works to meet this need every day.
The goal of Marymounts comprehensive Campaign for Excellence and Distinction was $20 million. The campaign has raised more than $22.7 million to help fund construction initiatives, scholarships and other strategic priorities of the university.