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Freed-Hardeman University Affirms Long-Term Commitment to Degree Programs in Dickson

Henderson, TN - Jul 31, 2020

Freed-Hardeman University President David R. Shannon has affirmed the university’s long-term commitment to offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Dickson. This confirmation comes in light of a recent announcement that FHU is placing the Renaissance Center on the market.

Shannon said, “We are thankful to be a part of Dickson County’s strong academic heritage and to help residents prepare for careers that are in demand in Middle Tennessee. Dr. Bob Spencer and the FHU/Dickson staff  are very pleased  with the great response they have received to start offering  a second nursing cohort in January 2021. 

Shannon added, “We have been blessed to be in the beautiful Renaissance Center and look forward to continuing to educate our students there for the 2020-21 year. Our priority remains the same - to offer higher education with excellence in Dickson. To ensure that we effectively fulfill our mission, we have made the difficult decision of putting the facility on the market. As our academic programs need less than 20 percent of the iconic building, we have faith that a good option will arise - providing both a fitting academic home for FHU/Dickson and the best use of the Renaissance Center in serving the community.”

Earlier this year, FHU announced focusing primarily on nursing at the Dickson location. Sixty FHU/Dickson students have received B.S.N. degrees since Spring 2018, posting an impressive 100 percent first-time pass rate of the NCLEX licensure exam.  Beginning August 2020, the program will expand its fall cohort size to as many as 40 students, and it will begin a spring cohort in January 2021 that includes a maximum of 24 students. These two changes eventually will lead to about 50 new B.S.N. graduates each year. The FHU nursing program in Dickson has become a top performer in Middle Tennessee.  

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development projects a need for 195 registered nurses each year through 2024 for the area that includes Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart, Sumner and Williamson Counties.

The mission of FHU is to help students develop their God-given talents for His glory by empowering them with an education that integrates Christian faith, scholarship and service. With locations in Henderson, Memphis and Dickson, FHU offers bachelor's, master's, specialist's and doctoral degrees.