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News Release

Date: 3/25/08

ATSU-SHM breaks ground for new $350,000 facility

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A.T. Still University’s School of Health Management (SHM) broke ground on its new facility in Kirksville on March 24. The $350,000 construction results from a partnership between SHM and KCOM and represents ATSU’s continued commitment to the Kirksville community.

SHM’s new administrative building will more than double the size of its current facility. “As the School grows, so does our need to grow our space,” said SHM Associate Dean Keith Nordmann, M.S. “Due to the flexible nature of online education,” he said, “Students are able to take classes around the world as long as they have an Internet connection.” More than 500 students attend SHM online from worldwide locations, including London, England, and South Africa. Several SHM students currently serve in the military and attend classes in Iraq, Germany, and Japan.

“The demand for qualified healthcare professionals in positions of leadership is indeed rising, and our enrollment and physical expansion reflect that increase,” said SHM Dean Jon Persavich, Ph.D., adding that SHM’s student body has grown four-fold in the last two-and-a-half years.

The new building will be located just east of ATSU’s Thompson Campus Center and is expected to be completed in July 2008.


Founded in 1892 as the nation’s first college of osteopathic medicine, A.T. Still University provides graduate level education in whole person healthcare. Recognized internationally for its integrated approach, ATSU equips students with the knowledge, compassion, and hands-on experience needed to address the body, mind, and spirit. The University now comprises the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the School of Health Management, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, the Arizona School of Health Sciences, the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, and the Postgraduate School of Osteopathic Clinical Research.

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