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Famed author pledges $10M to college

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FORT MYERS — Elaine Nicpon Marieb, a noted textbook author, educator and philanthropist who lives in Sarasota, pledged $10 million to Florida Gulf Coast University's College of Health Professions and Social Work.

The college will be renamed the Elaine Nicpon Marieb College of Health & Human Services, according to a statement. The pledge is the single largest gift from an individual in the history of the FGCU Foundation, which raises money for the Fort Myers-based college. The investment also marks a total of $15 million of philanthropic support from Marieb; in 2012 she donated $5 million when the building that houses the college was named in her honor.

“Marieb's gift epitomizes the term transformational,” FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw says in the statement. “Her gifts will enable the Marieb College of Health & Human Services to reach greater heights of excellence, and provide an even more comprehensive education to our students.”

The agreement states the gift will be given over a five-year period. It “will continue to enhance the activities of faculty, students and staff to achieve a level of superior education, research and community outreach,” the release states.

Marieb is one of the leading authors of undergraduate anatomy and physiology textbooks and laboratory manuals. The Elaine Nicpon Marieb Charitable Foundation, according to publicly available IRS documents, gave $500,000 to FGCU last year for general operations and another $200,000 to Sarasota-based Children First. The foundation also donated to Mount Holyoke College, the University of Massachusetts and the Plymouth Harbor Foundation, which supports the Sarasota-based senior living community.


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