BLOOMINGTON, Ind — Rose M. Mays, professor emerita at the Indiana University School of Nursing at IUPUI, has been elected to the Indiana University Foundation Board of Directors. The Indiana University Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that oversees fundraising for all campuses of the university, provides administrative and development services for donors and for IU, and manages the university’s endowment of more than $1.5 billion.
“Rose’s sustained commitment to diversity and community has had a lasting impact, both in Indianapolis and throughout Indiana,” said IU Foundation President Gene Tempel. “I am delighted to welcome her to our board.”
From 1973 until her retirement, Mays specialized in teaching pediatric nursing. For eight years, she served as the school’s associate dean for community and international affairs and implemented a program of research and community service focused on health promotion and disease prevention for vulnerable adolescents. In 2003, she was elected to the American Academy of Nursing for her achievements in establishing community programs that served homeless youth and teen mothers.
Mays is the secretary for Mays Chemical Company, Inc., the Mays Family Foundation and the Indianapolis Recorder Charities. She is director for the Methodist Health Foundation and the Challenge Foundation Academy, and a trustee for the University of Evansville.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Evansville, Mays obtained her master’s degree and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate from Indiana University School of Nursing in 1974. Her doctorate in nursing science is from the University of Texas at Austin.
A lifetime member of the IU Alumni Association, Central Indiana Chapter, Mays is a member of the IU Foundation President’s Circle, IU Foundation Well House Society, 1820 Society, and IUPUI Chancellor’s Circle. She is also a lifetime member of the Woodburn Guild, DeVault Alumni Center Honored Donor, friend of the Kinsey Institute and member of Hoosiers for Higher Education.