NEWS RELEASE

May 22, 2008

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico College of Nursing has received its largest donation ever from an individual that will be used to fund an endowed professorship in the midwifery master’s program.

Paul Albers and his wife Leigh Ann decided to fund an endowed professorship to recognize Paul’s sister, Dr. Leah Albers, professor of midwifery at the UNM College of Nursing, for her extraordinary work and research in midwifery.

"My sister has an exceptional career and contributes a great deal to UNM and midwifery," said Paul Albers. "We are glad to support the University and honor Leah by endowing a professorship in her name."

The Leah L. Albers Endowed Professorship in Midwifery will be awarded to a senior faculty position in the midwifery concentration. The funds from the endowment will finance research, national and international professional travel, and educational advancement within women’s health, prenatal health and midwifery programs.

Dr. Albers is internationally known and considered a national leader in midwifery research. Albers joined UNM in 1991 to launch a master’s program in midwifery. Since then, she has helped UNM’s nurse-midwifery master’s program achieve a U.S. News and World Report third-place ranking for five consecutive years.

Dr. Albers plans to continue her research and hopes the endowment draws senior research talent to the midwifery program at UNM.