I am pleased to announce today a $25 million gift from The Weld Trust to help launch an osteopathic medical college at the University of Northern Colorado. This gift — the largest single gift in our university’s history — will be transformative not just for UNC, but for Greeley, Weld County, and Colorado.
Establishing an osteopathic medical college is a priority in our Rowing, Not Drifting 2030 strategic plan and an integral component of our vision for UNC’s future. When we began our exploration in 2021, it was clear that UNC is well positioned to meet the current and growing critical need for physicians in our state and beyond. We have long had a reputation for excellence in the health sciences, including our nationally-ranked undergraduate nursing program, and creating a college of osteopathic medicine is a logical next step for our university.
I am thrilled that The Weld Trust shares our commitment to act for the betterment of our community. Established in 2019 with the mission to promote excellence in health and education in Weld County, they are a natural partner in the university’s efforts to establish an osteopathic medical college. Philanthropic partnerships like these are an important part of how we will ensure the success of our strategic plan. This gift also serves to further our Together, With Purpose fundraising campaign, which is another important initiative laid out in Rowing, Not Drifting 2030.
Now is an exciting time for our university and the broader community. I invite you to learn more in our joint press release with The Weld Trust. I am confident that this generous gift furthers our momentum and builds the support necessary among the many partners who will help make UNC’s osteopathic medical college a reality. Please join me in celebrating this significant moment.