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Noorda-COM Begins Search for New President and Appoints Interim President

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PROVO, Utah, July 1, 2021 – The Board of Trustees (Board) of the Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (Noorda-COM) today announced it has started a national search for a new permanent president and appointed Dr. Norman S. Wright, Ph.D. as interim president during the search.

Dr. Wright has been a member of the Noorda-COM Board of Trustees for the past two years.  He currently serves as Dean of the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University, a position he has held for the past 11 years. His extensive career in higher education began in 1995, and he has held numerous administrative leadership positions.

The Board anticipates that a new president may be appointed by this fall.

Dr. Richard P. Nielsen, president of Noorda-COM for the past two years, retired from his position at the institution effective June 30, 2021, following the achievement of critical objectives in starting the school in Provo.

The inaugural class of 90 Noorda-COM students begins this summer.

“The Board wishes to thank Dr. Nielsen for his vision and hard work to start a medical school in Utah County,” said Francis Gibson, chair, Noorda-COM Board of Trustees. “We appreciate his long-term service to Noorda-COM, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, his community, and communities throughout the world. Thousands of people in part owe their medical and health care to the work Dr. Nielsen has done and continues to do.”

Working with many leaders and stakeholders, Dr. Nielsen played an essential role in achieving a more than 10-year vision of bringing a medical school to Provo. His work included many crucial aspects in the development of the medical school, including:

  • Successfully navigating the acquisition of the property for the new medical school from Provo City.
  • Recruiting and appointing a world-renowned Dean and Chief Academic Officer.
  • Helping meet all requirements to achieve each step leading to pre-accreditation status.
  • Leading the team that secured significant funding for the development of the medical school.
  • Welcoming the first 90 students comprising the inaugural class that will begin in the summer of 2021.

About Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Located in Provo, Utah, Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (Noorda-COM) offers an innovative and unique medical education approach. Noorda-COM provides 21st-century medical students a curricular model blending active, small group learning with advanced laboratory experiences and research opportunities while also emphasizing school and life balance with a commitment to health and wellness. Noorda-COM focuses on preparing future residency-ready physicians committed to providing patient-centered healthcare. Noorda-COM is a private, proprietary institution. An independent governing Board of Trustees oversees Noorda-COM. The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation granted Noorda-COM Pre-Accreditation status in December 2020. https://noordacom.org

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Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine Receives $135.9 million in Bond Funding

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Underwritten by Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., bond to fund facility expansion and operations.

PROVO, Utah, Apr. 21, 2021Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (Noorda-COM) announced today the issuance of $47,965,000 of Taxable Educational Facilities Revenue Bonds (Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine Project) Series 2021A and $87,940,000 of Taxable Educational Facilities Revenue Bonds (Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine Project) Series 2021B (together, the “Bonds”), both of which have been issued by the Public Finance Authority, as a conduit issuer, and underwritten by Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (“Oppenheimer”).  The Bonds provide capital to expand capacity beyond the college’s current educational facilities, including the development and construction of a new medical school academic building, and to fund ongoing operations of the college.

Noorda-COM worked with Oppenheimer, as the underwriter, to secure the funding provided by the Bonds. Construction of the new facility is currently underway, with an estimated completion time for the summer or fall of 2022. It will provide expanded resources for the school’s roster of medical students and its faculty and staff. The facility will be located in Provo’s growing health, science, and technology district, next to the Timpanogos Golf Club golf course.

The inaugural class of 90 students will begin classes in August 2021 in Noorda-COM’s campus facilities located in the Timpanogos Tech Center. Construction of the academic center will continue during the academic year until completed.  

“In a year of milestones, this funding is significant,” said Dr. Richard P. Nielsen, founding president and CEO of Noorda-COM. “For the past decade, we have worked diligently to bring forth the vision of a new medical school to serve medical students, and the people of Utah and the Intermountain West. During an unusual year caused by a global pandemic, Noorda-COM not only reached key milestones, but will open its doors to its inaugural class this summer. This bond funding will allow Noorda-COM to become a foundational institution of medical education as we raise the bar in medical education and training for decades to come.”

In addition to closing this funding, Noorda-COM reached several other milestones over the past several months including closing on a $42.8 million Public Infrastructure District bond led by D.A. Davidson, receiving approval for Pre-Accreditation status by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, hiring of dozens of professional faculty and staff, and forming local affiliation partners for core clinical education.

These achievements led to a significant milestone in student recruitment with Noorda-COM receiving more than 2,000 diverse medical student applications and admitting nearly all of its 90 students for the inaugural class. The students come from various locations and backgrounds including about 23 percent from under-represented minorities, nearly 50 percent women, and roughly 50 percent from Utah.

“This funding will provide Noorda-COM with greater opportunities to fulfill our mission in creating a transformational medical education model,” said Dr. John Dougherty, Noorda-COM founding dean and chief academic officer. “Noorda-COM students will obtain the highest quality medical education within a campus environment ideal for our unique student centric curricular model integrating technology and directed personal guidance.”

The expanded facility will include a beautiful campus layout comprising a 140,000 square-foot, four-story building housing academic offices, learning space, and industry-leading simulation space.

“This is a momentous project that will help fulfill the mission of Noorda-COM,” said Greg Stuart, a Noorda-COM trustee, and the developer for the project. “Development included working closely with Provo City to acquire the land where the new facility will be located. We’re pleased with the partnership we’ve established with the City to bring Noorda-COM and these facilities to the community for the benefit of all.”

John Nemelka, a member of the Noorda-COM Board of Trustee, and the economic specialist for the Noorda-COM project, said, “We worked very closely with Oppenheimer during the offering, and we are extremely pleased with their focus, dedication, and skill in structuring and closing this successful offering. This financing lays the groundwork for an incredible project that will help create solutions to the physician shortages in Utah and throughout the country.”

MHTN Architects is the architectural and design firm for the new academic building, and the general contractor is Westland Construction.

About Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Located in Provo, Utah, Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (Noorda-COM) offers an innovative and unique medical education approach. Noorda-COM provides 21st-century medical students a curricular model blending active, small group learning with advanced laboratory experiences and research opportunities while also emphasizing school and life balance with a commitment to health and wellness. Noorda-COM focuses on preparing future residency-ready physicians committed to providing patient-centered healthcare. Noorda-COM is a private, proprietary institution. An independent governing Board of Trustees oversees Noorda-COM. The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation granted Noorda-COM Pre-Accreditation status in December 2020. https://noordacom.org

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White Coating Ceremony 2021

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The White Coat Ceremony marks the beginning of your journey as a physician. It is a day to celebrate with your family and friends and your Noorda-COM faculty and staff. This event embodies the osteopathic traditions that will allow you to become the competent, confident, and compassionate physician to which you aspire to be. Using the attached links you will find important information about the White Coat Ceremony for you as a student and for your guests.

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