School of Nursing and School of Exercise Science/Athletic Training Merging

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Beginning with the new fall semester West Virginia Wesleyan College’s School of Nursing and School of Exercise Science/Athletic Training will be combined to form the School of Health Sciences.

Wesleyan alumnus Thom Smith ’84 has been named as the School of Health Science’s director, and is looking forward to the opportunities that will come to fruition in the future.

“The goal is to provide and offer diverse opportunities, not only in the current departments, but to also review the need for additional majors for those interested in a health care career,” Smith said. “The current faculty, offer a wide range of expertise and knowledge that could benefit many students considering health care.”

Smith says joining the two separate schools into one will enable faculty members from athletic training and nursing to work closely and to offer a cohesive health care curriculum to Wesleyan students.

“Health care continues to grow; jobs are solid and graduates can find immediate employment,” Smith added. “By enhancing the programs Wesleyan offers, our students will be better prepared to be a part of tomorrow’s workforce.”

Smith will also serve as an assistant professor of nursing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in education administration from West Virginia University and has been accepted as a doctor of nursing practice candidate. Smith comes to Wesleyan from Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), where he served as the divisional director for performance improvement and care management for 17 hospitals across 4 states.

For more information about Wesleyan’s School of Health Sciences, contact Smith at