Kate Ward-Gaus, assistant vice president of student wellness services, and Jessica Brannan, Psy.D., director of La Salle’s Student Counseling Center, outside La Salle’s Student Counseling Center.

La Salle University has received a $1 million gift in support of student wellness services.

The transformational seven-figure gift from alumnus Francis X. “Frank” Stanton, ’51, a former member of the University’s Board of Trustees, is expected to have a profound impact on La Salle’s Department of Student Wellness Services. The gift will allow for an expansion of programming breadth and full-time staffing for the department, which includes the Student Counseling Center, health and wellness promotion, and substance abuse and interpersonal violence education.

Beginning in the current academic year, Stanton’s gift will help La Salle increase its trained professional staff who are devoted to outreach and individual and group sessions on self-care, wellness, anxiety relief, depression, and emotional resiliency skills. Also, it will expand preventive programming and delivery, and the purchase of other necessary resources.

“Frank Stanton embodies our University’s mission through his dedication to service,” said La Salle President Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D. “This generous gift supports the health and well-being of our entire campus community by providing expanded staffing and programming and improving access to critically important resources. We are grateful for Frank’s philanthropy, which will make a significant impact at La Salle University for many years to come.”

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