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Glen, Becky Taylor Honored by International Family Nursing Association

Taylors and Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society Receive "Distinguished Partner in Family Health Care Award."

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-8-2015

Mankato, Minn. – The International Family Nursing Association has honored Glen and Becky Taylor (pictured in photo) and the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society with the “Distinguished Partner in Family Health Care Award.

The first-ever award recognizes non-International Family Nursing Association members and individuals outside the discipline of nursing, including associations, corporations or non-profit organizations who demonstrate sustained investment and excellence in advancing family-focused health care.

Sandra Eggenberger, director of the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society, accepted the award on behalf of Glen and Becky Taylor at the 12th International Family Nursing Association conference, held this year in Odense, Denmark, that was attended by more than 400 members from over 25 countries.

“Glen and Becky Taylor more than deserved a first-ever International Family Nursing Association (IFNA) Award from our global family nursing community that recognized leaders who are significant partners in creating change in family health care,” said Eggenberger. “It was indeed a special privilege for the School of Nursing at Minnesota State University, Mankato to join IFNA in recognizing the Taylor Family for all they have done for our local and global movement with families and nursing.”

Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport joined Eggenberger in congratulating Glen and Becky Taylor.

“The Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society has been instrumental in helping family nursing science to grow and develop worldwide,” said Davenport. “We’re thankful that Glen and Becky Taylor recognized the importance of family nursing in society and helped to start the institute at Minnesota State Mankato. It is fitting that Glen and Becky are the first recipients of this international award.”

“Six years ago President Davenport shared with me the growing demand for Doctorate of Nursing degrees to support the need for increased nursing graduates,” Taylor said. “Minnesota State Mankato has developed an excellent program that serves this need in addition to other supportive disciplines. I am proud to support this program to address these needs.”

The IFNA award nomination describes how for more than five years, the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society has played a major role in contributing to the international growth of family nursing and in the development of family nursing practice knowledge.

The mission of The Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society is to focus on innovative nursing practice knowledge that influences the health and healing of families and society at local, state, national and international levels, and to provide leadership and expertise in family and society health related issues. The Institute, chair position and fellowships, active beginning in 2010, are made possible by a $7 million pledge from Glen and Becky Taylor. Glen Taylor is the chairman of Mankato-based Taylor Corporation and is a Minnesota State Mankato alumnus.

For more information about the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society, contact Sandra Eggenberger by phone at 507-389-6821 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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