— Rev. Linda Judge-McRae, MDiv., R.N., CHPN; class of 1986; Member, Steering Committee, MHU Trustee
- The development of the Judge-McRae School of Nursing will be consistent with the university’s mission, as the program will be grounded in the liberal arts, connected to the world of work, and committed to character development and service.
- The new nursing programs will help address the nursing shortage and the expanding healthcare needs of the region. The BSN is currently the degree of choice for health care employers and the State of North Carolina desires 80% of all nurses to have the BSN by 2024 (up from the current 45% of nurses).
- The university’s RN to BSN program for adult students is the only such “seated” (non-online) nursing program of its type offered in the Asheville area.
- The Ferguson Health Sciences Building, which will serve Mars Hill traditional age nursing students, will feature state-of-the-art clinical spaces and simulation labs.