Ranger College responds to HPU's decision to cancel nursing partnership


BROWNWOOD, Texas - Ranger College issued a press release Friday in response to Howard Payne University's decision last week to cancel a partnership that allowed Ranger students with an associate's degree in nursing the chance to obtain their bachelor's at HPU.

"We sent it in response to what Howard Payne put out last week, because they said students weren't using the program, but they are," Ranger College Spokesman Ryan Ronan told KTXS on Friday.

Ranger's release states 17 former HPU nursing students enrolled at the junior college after the university abruptly canceled its nursing school in May of 2016.

HPU's cancellation of its nursing program is the subject of a lawsuit nine former students filed this year.

"After one semester at HPU, they lost their nursing accreditation and I fell a year behind. Ranger College was there to take care of us when Howard Payne let us down and I thank God for them," Jeff Phillips, a current Ranger College nursing student, said in the press release.

Ranger College President Dr. Bill Campion said he was very pleased to hear HPU is looking to re-establish its nursing program.

"It was an unfortunate situation that led to the partnership between the two schools," Campion said. "But, I am thankful Ranger College was able to help HPU and its students when they needed it."

"I am confident that Howard Payne will be able to get its program back on its feet so that future students may take advantage of the program," he said.

Citizens in three counties, including Brown, will get to vote in November on whether to allow Ranger College to become a taxing entity for their county.