Marian U. at Saint Thomas taps nursing academic services director

Marian University at Saint Thomas Health has named Dr. Constance Hall director of nursing academic services. The position is newly created.

Marian University at Saint Thomas Health is an accelerated nursing program offering those with a bachelor’s degrees in non-nursing disciplines the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in no more than 16 months.

Previously, Hall (pictured) served as nursing curriculum chair for Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. There, she was responsible for guiding faculty members on the strategic development of curriculum while also spearheading numerous electronic learning initiatives for the school, according to a release. In addition to her role as chair, she worked as the assistant professor of nursing and patient care coordinator/registered nurse for the Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing.

Hall holds a doctorate degree in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction and a master’s degree in nursing, both from the University of Phoenix. She completed her undergraduate studies at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.

“Constance is a dynamic professional who brings a wealth of nursing experience and exceptional leadership skills to her new role,” Dr. Anita Siccardi, dean of the Alan and Sue Leighton School of Nursing at Indianapolis-based Marian University, said in the release. “With Constance’s guidance, we look forward to continuing to enhance our educational program and drive even better outcomes for our students.”

Nov 19, 2014 12:10 PM

Belmont launches dual pharmacy/business degree

Belmont University plans to offer a dual Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters in Business Administration degree program beginning in the fall semester of 2015.

The four-year dual program is the only one of its kind in Middle Tennessee and reflects a changing pharmaceutical job market that requires entrepreneurial and management skills.

"The modern practice of pharmacy is constantly evolving, and now — more than ever before — it's imperative that new [pharmacy] graduates also enter the workforce with a strong business acumen," Dr. Phil Johnson, dean of Belmont's College of Pharmacy, said in a release.

Nov 19, 2014 7:15 AM

Vanderbilt University, VUMC to separate finances

Reorganization will spin out VUMC as independent operation
Nov 14, 2014 2:36 PM

Meharry public health master's accreditation extended through '21

The Council on Education for Public Health has extended its full accreditation for the Master of Science in Public Health program at Meharry Medical College until the end of 2021. The Meharry program was first granted accreditation for five years in 2009. Its seven-year extension is the maximum period allowed.

“Producing top-notch public health professionals is at the helm of Meharry’s mission,” said Cherrie Epps, Meharry’s president and CEO. “We are thrilled to gain the approval of CEPH to continue educating, training and equipping students to meet the public health challenges in underserved communities.”

Nov 14, 2014 8:41 AM

TSU to unveil entrepreneurship, ECD center

Tennessee State University will next week roll out its new Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. The center will be based on the Avon Williams Campus and be the umbrella entity for the Nashville Business Incubation Center and the school's Small Business Development Center. Ruthie Reynolds will be its first executive director.

Nov 13, 2014 11:49 AM

Freed-Hardeman adding programs in Dickson

The year-old Dickson campus of Freed-Hardeman University will next fall begin to offer new baccalaureate degrees in psychology, criminal justice and social work. FHU took over operations of the Renaissance Center last year. Dr. C.J. Vires, FHU's vice president for academics and enrollment management, said the new programs are being built because potential students and employers have been asking for them. Class will meet one day or night per week and online for eight weeks.

Nov 6, 2014 6:58 AM

Fisk plans first new construction since 1992

Enrollment increase fuels need for residential hall
Nov 5, 2014 2:58 PM

VU lands $17.5M permit for engineering building

Vanderbilt University has landed a permit for major shell construction on its Engineering and Science Building. On-site work on the 230,000-square-foot seven-story building is underway at 1212 25th Ave. S., with VU officials targeting a summer 2016 completion. Clark Construction is serving as general contractor for the project, with the permit valued at $17.5 million.

Read more here.

(Image courtesy of Wilson Architects Inc.)

Nov 4, 2014 7:45 AM

Veteran lobbyist makes VU move

University creates assistant vice chancellor post
Oct 30, 2014 7:15 AM

VU renews big West End lease

Vanderbilt University officials have renewed their big lease at the prominent 3401 West End Ave. office building located near Interstate 440. The building is owned by Highwoods Properties, executives with which say the VU renewal was the largest single renewal they had before them between now and the end of 2015. Vanderbilt takes up 199,000 of the building's roughly 250,000 square feet of space.

Oct 21, 2014 7:14 AM