Over the past 100 years, Arkansas State University served the needs of the people of Region 8.
At a luncheon this week, Wilson Hall on A-State's campus was rededicated and becomes the New York Institute of Technology's College of Osteopathic Medicine. This partnership between A-State and the NYIT is a moment in history that will help the people of Region 8 in the long-term.
The relationship between A-State and the community is a long one. For many years, A-State has produced the most educators, nurses and health care professionals, business leaders and journalists for our part of the state. Building that relationship with the community is important – and one of the things founding dean, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee announced today was NYIT's local advisory board; made up of local physicians, educational, and business leaders from Jonesboro.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson's words explained it well. "The oldest academic structure at Arkansas State University becomes the home of the first college of osteopathic medicine in our state. During the renovation, portions of the original marble walls of the second floor were replaced. Today, we present you with a piece of Wilson Hall and the reminder that over the next decade, from these hallowed walls more than a thousand physicians will flow into the Delta for their training."
Congratulations to A-State, NYIT, and Dr. Ross-Lee. This is one of those moments in history that will be looked at as a game changer in a hundred years and it will make this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager
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