Nova Southeastern University Celebrates $200 Million Commitment from Patel Family Foundation

FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – The announcement, made on September 25th, of a $50 million gift by the Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel to Nova Southeastern University (NSU) sparked several days of festivities. Highlights included a dinner at Lauderdale Yacht Club hosted by NSU President Dr. George L. Hanbury and NSU’s Board of Trustees. Pops of red and gold in the floral arrangements, a performance by Maasti, NSU’s student Bollywood fusion dance competition team, and a special menu, paid tribute to the honorees’ Indian heritage.

More than 60 local, regional, and international press representatives attended the official media announcement held on NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus. The event outlined plans for the $50 million gift as well as an additional commitment of $150 million for a new home for NSU’s Tampa Bay regional programs, and a second site for NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Clearwater, Florida. The announcement concluded with an outdoor reveal of the names of two NSU colleges – Dr. Kiran C. College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences. The names appear on the front entrance of the Terry Building, NSU’s gateway to its Health Professions Division, comprising eight total colleges, including the M.D. College which recently received preliminary accreditation. NSU is the only university to offer a M.D. degree program in Broward County, and one of 3 nationwide to offer degrees in both Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) and Allopathic Medicine (M.D.).

Gail Razook; Saumya Lashkari; Fred Razook; Dr. Nell Lewis McGuire, NSU Trustee; Dr. Robert McGuire

Barry Sommerstein; Susan Sommerstein; J. Kenneth Tate, NSU Trustee and Campaign Leadership Cabinet Chair; Sandy Tate

Harry Wood; Jessica Brumley, NSU’s Vice President for Facilities; Ramola Motwani; Dr. Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, NSU’s Vice President for Advancement and Community Relations

Dr. Barry Silverman, NSU Trustee, Vice Chair; Judy Silverman, Dr. Bob Kagan; Bonnie Barnett

Bonnie Lippman; Judy Silverman; Gail Press

Dr. Pallavi Patel; Ronald Assaf, NSU Trustee, Chairman; Kathy Assaf

Dr. Sheetal Patel; Dr. Pallavi Patel; Dr. Kiran C. Patel; Dr. Sonali Judd; Dr. George L. Hanbury, NSU’s President, children of Dr. Sonali Judd

Ramola Motwani; Dr. Pallavi Patel; Carol Harrison Kalagher, NSU Trustee

Dr. Zachariah Zachariah, NSU Trustee; Susie Sandidge; The Honorable Melanie May, NSU Trustee; Eladio Perez

Dr. Elaine Wallace, NSU’s Dean of the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine; Dr. George L. Hanbury, NSU’s President; Dr. Kiran C. Patel; Dr. Pallavi Patel; Dr. Stanley Wilson, Dean of the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences



About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Ranked among US News & World Report’s Top 200 National Research Universities and located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa Bay, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit for more information about NSU and for more information on the largest fundraising campaign in NSU history.

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