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Dean's Circle Spotlight: Jeanne Cavanaugh, Pattie Heady

Support for nursing students is the main thing that drives Jeanne Cavanaugh, ’77, ’84, and Pattie Heady, ’75, to give back to the College of Nursing. Both are long-time supporters of the college, donating both time and money, and are two of the first group of members of the Dean’s Circle.

When a donor makes a gift of $1,000 or more to the College of Nursing, they become a member of the Dean’s Circle, an annual giving fund supporting the college. We are honored to have more than two dozen donors currently supporting the college with an annual gift.

Jeanne Cavanaugh is a founding member of the college’s Partnership Board and a member of the Guardian Society, the society of donors who have made a planned gift to the University of South Carolina. Since earning her bachelor’s degree in 1977, she spent 37 years working at Palmetto Health before retiring and joining the College of Nursing staff last year as the director of clinical partnerships.

“I decided to give to the Dean’s Circle primarily to support Dean Andrews’ vision for what the college can do and to support students. I feel she has such a strong commitment to producing graduates that are going to make a positive impact on health care within many environments across the country,” Jeanne said.  “Her vision is futuristic and bold. I’m excited to be part of that.”

In addition to her financial contributions to the college, Pattie Heady served on the Partnership Board for six years. During her time on the board, she was the driving force behind the college’s gala and silent auction in 2015 and 2017. She is also a college ambassador, volunteering her time to prospective and current students. She and her husband, Gary, joined the Dean’s Circle last fall.

“The College of Nursing is my alma mater and nursing has been my career. I appreciate Dean Andrews, what she stands for, and the progress she’s making to bring the college to a great professional level,” Pattie said. “I haven’t always been a big supporter of the college. I didn’t have the time or money while I was raising my family. But now, I can. It’s a cause I love.”


For more information on the Dean’s Circle, including how to join, click here.