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Duquesne Announces Laval Chair Appointment

The School of Nursing has announced the appointment of Sister Rosemary Donley, S.C., to the newly created Jacques Laval Endowed Chair in Justice for Vulnerable Populations, the ninth endowed chair to be established by Duquesne University in the past five years. Her new post will be effective August 2009.

Currently, Sister Donley is a professor of nursing at The Catholic University of America, where she also held positions as executive vice president and chief operating officer and dean of nursing.

The Laval Chair is endowed through a bequest from the estate of the late Thomas F. Bogovich, a 1953 Duquesne business graduate and retired Penn Hills funeral director. It is named for a 17th-century Spiritan priest and physician who dedicated himself to caring for freed slaves on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.

As holder of the Laval Chair, Sister Donley will spearhead the nursing school’s community service efforts to provide health care services to vulnerable populations, a category of people that can include the very young or very old, but also those whose access to health care is limited or, for any reason, does not meet their needs.

In addition, Sister Donley will be responsible for teaching and conducting research related to health care access and quality for underserved persons and communities.  Developing stronger community partnerships, as well as organizing academic colloquia and establishing an annual lecture series on social justice issues in health care will also be the chair holder’s responsibilities.

“I look at the Laval Chair as a good opportunity for me but also a golden opportunity for the School of Nursing’s faculty and students” Sister Donley said. “I’m very excited about what we can do.”

A native Pittsburgher, Sister Donley holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Louis University as well as a master’s degree in nursing education and a Ph.D. in higher education and public health, both from the University of Pittsburgh.

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