Enjoying the Centennial Founder's Day festivities on Jan. 26, from left: Penny Bamford, RN, assistant academic vice president; Richard MacIntyre, RN, nursing professor; Audrey Berman, RN, dean and professor; Scot D. Foster, academic vice president and provost; Abby Heydman, RN, professor emeritus and former academic vice president and provost; Brent Sommer, assistant nursing professor and CRNA clinical coordinator; and Celeste Villanueva, assistant nursing professor and nurse anesthesia program director.
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On Jan. 27, the institution formerly known as Samuel Merritt College became Samuel Merritt University.
A group of Samuel Merritt nursing students, circa the 1960s.
University President Sharon Diaz, PhD, announced the name change Jan. 26 at the university's centennial Founder's Day celebration.
To celebrate its name change, Samuel Merritt University also has a new logo.
The name was changed to reflect the institution's 100-year transformation from a small nursing school to a multidisciplinary health sciences institution, according to a university press release.
The university, which offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in nursing, physical and occupational therapy, and podiatric medicine and master's degrees for physician assistants, plans to offer doctorate degrees in nursing and pharmacy next year.
Nearly 1,300 students are enrolled at the university, which has campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Mateo.
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