Officials from Carilion Clinic, Jefferson College of Health Sciences and Radford University announced in Jan. 2018 they intend to merge Jefferson College into the Radford University family of colleges and departments.

“Radford University and Jefferson College have a robust history of collaboration, and these two great institutions are now working toward an even stronger partnership,” said Dr. Brian O. Hemphill, president of Radford University. “This endeavor benefits the students, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters and communities of both institutions, along with the Commonwealth of Virginia and the entire region.”

“Both schools are approaching this potential merger from positions of institutional excellence and financial strength. We’re combining forces to create something even bigger and better for the entire Commonwealth,” said Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, president of Jefferson College. “We believe that together, we can enhance the quality of health care education and research better than we could individually.”

Carilion Clinic currently owns and operates Jefferson College.

The merger planning process is expected to take 18 to 24 months. Radford University, Jefferson College and Carilion Clinic officials will work closely during this time to develop processes and procedures to facilitate the integration.

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Radford University and Jefferson College have a robust history of collaboration, and these two great institutions are now working toward an even stronger partnership.”

Dr. Brian O. Hemphill, Radford University President

“As we work carefully during the next several months to determine the best structure, we will be diligent in our efforts to keep stakeholders informed about the process,” Hemphill said.

Radford University officials intend to welcome Jefferson College primarily into its Waldron College of Health and Human Services.

“Jefferson College already enjoys a wonderful relationship with Radford University,” said Bishop. “This next step makes sense for both institutions, and serves to enhance Radford University’s reputation as a premier educational destination for those seeking careers in nursing, health care and health sciences.”

Jefferson College brings 35 years of history as an accredited institution and has grown from 200 to about 1,150 students in that time. Jefferson College is one of the top producers of nursing and allied health professionals in the region and is in the top 10 in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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