In 2011, the Paul and Jane Meyer Family Foundation pledged a gift of $5 million toward the construction of a new nursing building. In recognition of this lead gift, the three-story building will be named the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center in memory of Paul Meyer’s mother, who worked both as a nurse and as an educator during her lifetime.
The nursing building grant is the second major gift to UMHB from the Meyer family. In 2003, Paul and Jane Meyer contributed the lead gift for the Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center, to provide a home for the College of Christian Studies.
Paul J. Meyer made his mark on the world of business in the 1960s as the founder of Success Motivation Institute (SMI), a company committed to motivating people to reach their full potential. The enterprise grew into an international group of companies marketing personal development materials in more than sixty countries and in twenty-three languages.
Paul and his wife, Jane, firmly believed in the importance of stewardship and giving, and they instilled these values in their family. Though Paul passed away in 2009, Jane and the children have continued to support a wide range of charities and ministries through the family foundation.
Jane Meyer traces her interest in UMHB back to her early years growing up in nearby Temple, Texas. “I have always appreciated Mary Hardin-Baylor’s strong commitment to Christian higher education, and I am so excited to support the construction of this transformational facility for the College of Nursing.”
“We are very grateful to Jane Meyer and her family for this important gift,” said President Randy O’Rear. “This gift will give our nursing program room to grow, so that many more students will be able to study nursing at UMHB in the years to come.”