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Dominican University has announced the naming of its nursing school, following a charitable donation from one of its most successful alums. 

The Elizabeth T. MacNeil School of Nursing comes in recognition of the donation – the size of the donation was not disclosed – from MacNeil’s son David MacNeil, CEO of MacNeil Automotive and founder of WeatherTech car and truck mats, according to a Dominican press release. 

Elizabeth MacNeil taught pediatric nursing in the Chicago area for most of her life, including institutions such as University of Illinois at Chicago, St. Anne’s Hospital and St. Mary of Nazareth.

“I inherited my drive and sense of adventure from my mother and those qualities have been instrumental in building my business,” MacNeil said in the press release. “I am at a point in my career and success that I can say, “Thanks, Mom,” and give back to my alma mater. It is a good feeling.” 

Meanwhile, U.S. News & World Report dropped another gift on the River Forest university, naming it best university in the Midwest for the social mobility of its graduates. 

The “Top Performers on Social Mobility” category measures “how well schools graduate students who receive federal Pell grants—those whose annual family incomes range from $20,000 to $50,000—compared to the graduation rate of students who do not receive Pell grants,” Dominican officials said in press release issued last week. 

Dominican also ranked 11th out of 161 Midwest master’s level universities in U.S. News’ 2020 “Best Colleges” issue. The college has been among the top 20 Midwest regional universities for more than two decades, Dominican officials said. Dominican was also named the Best Value in Illinois, which measures the quality of an institution’s academic offerings compared to how much they cost. 

Timothy Inklebarger

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