Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing


MVNU receives $2 mill lead commitment for downtown nursing center

Rendering of new nursing facility
July 30, 2010

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio -- Mount Vernon Nazarene University is excited to announce the receipt of an anonymous $2 million leadership commitment to renovate a downtown Mount Vernon building for its School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

This will mark the largest single donation in the institution’s history.

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Commenting on the gift, President Dr. Dan Martin said, “Obviously this project would not have moved forward but for the lead gift commitment. As an institution, we are extremely grateful and humbled. It is a privilege to partner with individuals who not only see the benefit this facility will provide our faculty and students, but the impact such will have on the future of our great city.”

The former “Sewing Center,” which adjoins MVNU’s Buchwald Center on South Main Street, is the focus of the $3.6 million renovation. MVNU is working with SōL Harris/Day Architecture and has designed the space to not only care for the needs of its growing nursing program, but to allow for expansion of other health-related programs as identified in the University Plan. Additionally, conversations are ongoing with Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) regarding possible partnerships in terms of both shared space and academic programs. COTC is currently renovating its Arial Hall facility directly across the street.

The first floor is being designed in anticipation of broader use by the Mount Vernon community. A Health Promotion Center is being planned to provide health screenings, immunizations and preventive care to residents of Knox County. The Health Center has a secondary role of providing a practice arena for the Nursing Department’s nurse-practitioner faculty and students. Additionally, MVNU leadership envisions community utilization of the multi-functional classrooms and conference room for various community meetings and events.

“I believe this facility will be a centerpiece of MVNU’s investment in the Mount Vernon community. It is a substantive way we can offer our expertise and efforts in assisting the city’s overall objective for spurring economic development and renewal in the downtown area,” said Martin. “For a city that has given us so much support through the years, it is a privilege for us to be part of the solution to a viable and vibrant future for downtown.”

Throughout the next year, President Dr. Dan Martin and the fund-raising team will be seeking gifts and grants to underwrite the remaining $1.6 million. It is expected that the facility will open in the fall of 2011 for the 2011-12 academic year.

To see building renderings and floor plans, or if you are interested in investing in this project, visit or contact (740) 397-9000, ext. 4302.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. U.S. News & World Report ranks MVNU in the top 50 Best in the Midwest (Baccalaureate) institutions for the sixth year in a row. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and eight additional satellite Adult and Graduate Studies sites throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,600 students from 25 states and eight countries/U.S. territories.


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