NSU and Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel to Cut Ribbon on New Tampa Bay Regional Campus


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Nova Southeastern University (NSU), home of the Sharks, is making a big splash with the opening of its new Tampa Bay Regional Campus – and you are invited! Below is information so you can plan on attending and covering this seminal event:


WHO:     Tampa Bay residents and philanthropists Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel, Nova Southeastern University President Dr. George Hanbury, elected officials and other area dignitaries

 Special appearance by Members of United States Special Operations Command
– Look to the Skies –


WHERE:      NSU’s Tampa Bay Regional Campus, 3400 Gulf to Bay Boulevard (intersection at Dr. Kiran C. Patel Blvd.)


WHEN:      10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, September 14

  • 10:30 a.m. – noon: Inside Presentation
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Outside Presentation that Includes U.S. SOCOM
  • Approx. 1:30 p.m. – Press Conference
  • 1-2 p.m.: Tours of New Facility


  • Media Should Arrive by 9:45 a.m. to Ensure Parking, Proper Time for Load-Out and Set Up
  • TV Media are Welcome to Stay On-Site for Live Hits for Afternoon/Evening Broadcasts


WHY:     Through a partnership between NSU and the Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel Family Foundation, a dream is about to become a reality.

For many years, Dr. Kiran C. Patel had a dream of starting his own college of medicine. After meeting with NSU President Dr. George Hanbury, the decision was made to join forces. The result is a state-of-the-art, 311,000 square-foot campus that will provide unparalleled educational opportunities for students in the Tampa Bay/Clearwater area. It will serve as the new branch site for the university’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, which will enroll 150 students each fall in Clearwater (in addition to 250 each fall in Fort Lauderdale).

With the start of the fall 2019 semester, NSU holds the honor of being the largest educator of doctors in Florida through its D.O. and M.D. colleges. Joining the first D.O. class at the new campus will be students from the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences and Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing programs, as well as students in psychology, education, and more.

As part of the ribbon-cutting celebration, various dignitaries from the Tampa Bay/Clearwater area have been invited. In addition, a special presentation of the U.S., Florida and NSU flags will be made by members of United States Special Operations Southern Command – be sure to “look up” to see their high-flying delivery, which is sure to be an outstanding photo/video opportunity.


MORE INFO:      We have created an online media kit that provides a wealth of information on the new campus, downloadable, high-resolution photos and video and more. Please visit www.nova.edu/tampamedia


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About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): At NSU, students don’t just get an education, they get the competitive edge they need for real careers, real contributions and real life. A dynamic, private research university, NSU is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Top 200 National Research Universities, providing high-quality educational and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree levels. Established in 1964, the university includes 16 colleges, the 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research, a private JK-12 grade school, the Mailman Segal Center (early childhood education) with specialists in Autism, the world-class NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, one of Florida’s largest public libraries. NSU students learn at our campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, and online globally. Classified as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit www.nova.edu for more information.




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