Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell joined in Marymount Universitys May 29 celebration of the Malek School of Health Professions and its naming benefactors, Marlene and Fred Malek.
“Theres going to be an explosion in the need for people trained in the health professions,” McDonnell said. “ Ive been in public office 21 years and, for all 21 of those years, weve had a nursing shortage in Virginia. This school is going to do its part in graduating nurses and other people in the applied sciences who will go on to do great things.”
More than one-sixth of Marymounts students, about 600 in total, are enrolled in the Malek Schools undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing, health and human performance and physical therapy.
Tess Cappello, RN, PhD, dean of the Malek School, said in a news release that all curricula for the Arlington, Va., schools programs “incorporate evidence as a basis for practice.”
Marlene Malek, a Marymount nursing alumna and member of the universitys board of trustees, is president of Friends of Cancer Research, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and provides public education on cancer research.
Fred Malek is founder and chairman of Thayer Lodging Group and Thayer Capital Partners, as well as chairman of McDonnells commission on government reform and restructuring.
Cappello said the endowment established an annual Malek Lecture in the Health Professions, as well as an endowed professorship.