Belton, Texas – On Friday, February 8, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor held a special ceremony dedicating the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center. More than 500 people were in attendance at the event, which celebrated the opening of the facility that will serve as the home for the Scott & White College of Nursing.
Dr. Randy O’Rear, the university’s president, opened the ceremony by thanking the members of the UMHB board of trustees for their vision and direction.
“It was February 18, of 2011, that the board of trustees approved our bold Campus Master Plan, which called for a $100 million investment.” O’Rear said. “Today, just shy of two years later, eight of those projects are either completed or currently in construction.”
O’Rear also took time to recognize many of the individuals and groups responsible for large donations to the building.
“We have some very special friends who made sure that this facility was more than a dream,” he said. “It is thanks to their gifts and their sacrifices that we are able to announce that this building is completely funded and debt free.”
Following the ceremony, visitors were able to tour a number of the spaces within the building, including the simulation hospital wing which boasts an emergency room, a nursing station, and a labor and delivery unit. The 77,000 square foot nursing education center is more than five times larger than the nursing program’s previous facilities.
The Scott & White College of Nursing traces its roots to the school of nursing established in 1903 at Scott & White Memorial Hospital. The program was transferred to UMHB and expanded into a baccalaureate degree program in 1970. Today, the program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and it includes 670 nursing majors, more than any other major offered at the university.