Feb. 25, 2013. Lees-McRae is proud to announce they have selected the architecture firm McMillan Pazdan Smith to design the May School of Nursing and Allied Health. With groundbreaking slated for as early as June 2013, this 18,000 square foot facility will soon be the cornerstone of the College’s expanded science and health-related programs.
“We are excited about working with Ron Smith and his colleagues at McMillan Pazdan Smith on the May School of Nursing and Allied Health,” said Barry M. Buxton, president of Lees-McRae College. “The firm has an impressive track record of working with small private colleges to facilitate cost containment while building structures that are consistent with the architectural heritage of the institution. Their vision for this important building is dynamic and exciting and we know it will continue our efforts to elevate Lees-McRae College.”
Based on student interest, marketplace demand and a generous donation from Daniel and Dianne May, Lees-McRae is considering the addition of a pre-licensure undergraduate nursing program as well as allied health programs in healthcare administration and emergency care management.
The state-of-the-art May School of Nursing and Allied Health will provide classrooms, lab space and technology specific to the nursing and allied health curriculum. Lees-McRae currently offers science programs such as biology with concentrations in nutrition and health science. The health science curriculum prepares students for graduate schools in the areas of dentistry, medical, pharmacy, physician assistant and veterinarian studies. Additionally, the college currently offers allied health programs including athletic training (accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education).
“The Lees-McRae family has articulated a vision and demonstrated true leadership in the creation of the May School of Nursing and Allied Health,” said Ron Smith, AIA, managing principal at McMillan Pazdan Smith. “We have the honor of creating a flexible educational environment that will incorporate advanced teaching technologies and strong fiscal stewardship. Our intent is to add aesthetic value to an already beautiful campus.”
With offices located throughout the Southeast, McMillan Pazdan Smith’s portfolio includes many other higher education healthcare and research facilities including the USC School of Medicine – Greenville, Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Wofford Milliken Science Center.
“I believe the May School of Nursing and Allied Health is a vital asset to the revitalization and continued success of Lees-McRae College,” said Ed Shelton ’60 ’95(H), interim chairman of the Lees-McRae College Board of Trustees. “There is great student interest in health-related programs and no shortage of demand for additional health care professionals. We are grateful to Daniel and Dianne May for their love of Lees-McRae College and their unconditional support, and we are grateful to McMillan Pazdan Smith for their incredible vision and guidance.”
Students may enroll beginning fall 2013. All prospective nursing and allied health students must complete most of their general education requirements and prerequisite courses during their first two- four semesters of study before applying and enrolling in a major-specific program.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is a private, four-year college offering diverse baccalaureate degrees, strong athletic programs and outstanding faculty. With 850 students hailing from 40 states and more than 10 countries, Lees-McRae’s broad core curriculum is enhanced by field-specific career preparation and experiential learning with an emphasis in leadership and service. For more information on Lees-McRae College, please visit http://www.lmc.edu or call 828-898-5241.