Amid lawsuits, Howard Payne University submits letter of intent for new nursing program


BROWNWOOD, Texas - Howard Payne University issued a press release Monday noting that it recently filed a letter of intent with the Texas Board of Nursing to launch a new nursing school.

HPU is currently involved in ongoing litigation over its old nursing program, which it canceled in May of 2016.

Nine former students filed a lawsuit against HPU in May alleging the school made false and misleading statements regarding its now-defunct nursing program.

According to Brown County court documents filed Sept. 1, both sides have agreed to extend the deadline for objecting and responding to any pending discovery requests until Nov. 15.

According to Monday's press release, Dr. Nina Ouimette, HPU's new dean of nursing, submitted the letter to outline "the university's intentions of establishing a pre-licensure Bachelor of Nursing degree program."

"We look forward to keeping the public informed of our progress through the Board of Nursing's approval process," said Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU provost and chief academic officer.

KTXS reached out to Kyle Mize, HPU's assistant vice president for communication, requesting an on-camera interview. Mize said HPU is not granting on-camera interviews at this time.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges sanctioned Howard Payne back in June for the way it operated and handled the cancellation of its old nursing program.

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