To provide UAB School of Nursing students with the knowledge needed to be nursing leaders, it is imperative to have faculty members with academic excellence and visionary guidance to lead and prepare them to enter professional practice.  Opportunities to recruit and retain these faculty members are made available through generous gifts designated for endowed professorships such as the Donna Brown Banton Professorship.

Patricia Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN, retired U.S. Army Colonel is the current UAB School of Nursing Banton Endowed Professor in the Department of Community Health, Outcomes and Systems. Endowed professorships benefit the School of Nursing through education, research and development. Below a donor shares a personal testimony of how nurses and nursing education impact lives. 

"Any family facing a life-ending illness has a special need for effective and compassionate nursing care, and we feel that the School of Nursing at UAB is in a unique position to develop greater numbers of nurses who can provide the demanding skill needed to care for acutely ill patients. I encourage people to consider endowing a professorship. What greater gift honors a loved one? It is an incredible strategic investment, one that will have profound impact on the delivery of health care. These talented faculty will be teaching and guiding our future nurses and inspiring other faculty to even greater advancements."  

Julian W. Banton
Energen Board of Directors and Retired – SouthTrust Corporation

Endowed Distinguished Professorships provide income to support scholarly leaves for faculty, research endeavors, innovative teaching, international exchanges, and recognition for excellence are urgently needed. The funding level for an Endowed Professorship is $500,000.


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