BY THRESSEA BOYD
VALDOSTA – As part of Valdosta State University’s new Health Sciences and Business Administration (HSBA) building, the university’s has named classrooms, computer centers, conference rooms, and administrative offices in the new building in honor of donors and companies that have contributed to the Langdale College of Business Administration.
In addition, the Southeastern Federal Credit Union Financial Trading Center, which was temporarily housed in Thaxton Hall, will have a new home on the third floor of the HSBA building.
Valdosta State University has secured approximately $250,000 in donations to establish endowments for student scholarships, development of health care research, and support for the new health care administration programs.
“The Langdale College is very fortunate to have donors that are dedicated to our students and to the economic development of our region,” said Dr. L. Wayne Plumly, dean of the Langdale College. “Their contributions enhance the quality of education that we can provide.”
The HSBA building has provided the Langdale College with additional classroom space and faculty offices to create a Bachelor of Business Administration and online Master of Business Administration in health care administration.
“Adding the health care administration programs to the Langdale College will enable collaborations between the Langdale College and the regional community,” said Plumly. “Collaboration with South Georgia Medical Center, medical offices, home health care delivery businesses, medical commodity suppliers such as pharmaceutical and equipment sales, insurance underwriters, medical software companies, and many other will be possible.”
Both degrees address the rapid growth in health care administration. These highly specialized degrees focus on the delivery of health care management, as it relates to finances, human resources, information technology and policymaking. Graduates with an undergraduate or graduate degree in health care administration are prepared to work in hospitals, nursing homes, public health clinics, and private practice.
“The new programs in health care were constructed by committees made up of primarily regional health care professionals,” said Plumly. “Internships and jobs are essential to the success of these programs. Local businesses will have the needed workforce to expand. Entrepreneurial ventures in health care related fields will have the needed employees to develop and thrive.”
HSBA Building Donor Recognitions
The McGahee Computer Classroom, Mr. and Mrs. James McGahee
The Southwest Georgia Bank Computer Classroom, Mr. Jeff Hanson
The Heritage Bank of the South Computer Lab, Mr. David Durland and Mr. Ed Hutchinson
The Citizens Community Bank Computer Classroom, Mr. Glenn Copeland and Mr. Tim Jones
The Bernie and Snookie Brown Dean’s Suite, Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Brown
The First State Bank and Trust Student Commons, Mr. Bill Cowart
Southeastern Federal Credit Union Financial Trading Center, Mr. Michael Gudely