In the first of perhaps many moves in the merger of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities, the nursing program at Augusta State will move to GHSU in December, the schools announced Thursday.
Nursing students at ASU will spend the fall 2012 semester on the Summerville campus and then the program will move to the medical district over the December break. The students would then spend the spring 2013 semester – and beyond – at GHSU, said a joint announcement from GHSU Provost Gretchen Caughman and ASU Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs Carol Rychly.
The move had been proposed by GHSU College of Nursing Dean Lucy Marion and ASU Chair Charlotte Price “who determined that this timing will allow us to accomplish the move with the least amount of disruption to our students,” according to the joint statement.
GHSU President Ricardo Azziz, who will lead the merged university that will have a new name, accepted the recommendation Thursday, according to the statement.
While it provides “a short timeline” for the move, “we are excited to see nursing lead the way,” he said in the statement.
The University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted to merge the schools in January as two of eight universities and colleges that will consolidate.
Nursing was the largest overlap between the two local universities and Marion and Price began talks about how to join the programs almost immediately. There was no word Thursday on how this would affect enrollment or faculty but previously the two nursing leaders said they thought the merged programs could include all of the current faculty.
Jan. 8 is the targeted date for the completion of the consolidations.