NCTC celebrates opening of Leo and Mabel Scott Health Science Center

Elizabeth F. Dieter | Sep 9, 2016

The Grand Opening of the new Leo and Mabel Scott Health Science Center was held recently on North Central Texas College's Gainesville campus.

The 49,042 square foot building is two floors and houses five skills labs, five classrooms, two large computer labs and one large lecture hall. Aside from large instructional space, the building has 25 offices, 5 reception areas and 3 conference rooms for faculty and staff.

Final construction costs on the building came in exactly on budget at $7.9 million.

Dr. Andrew Fisher, NCTC Provost, opened the ceremony, welcoming community members and other guests who traveled to the Gainesville campus.

NCTC Board of Regents President Karla Metzler recognized her fellow board members who have played a large role in this expansion on the NCTC campus.

"Another group of dedicated individuals that I'd like to recognize is the NCTC faculty and staff," said Metzler. "Their tireless efforts to get it right have made this a showcase in healthcare education and we thank them."

The Leo and Mabel Scott Health Science Center is appropriately named after the considerable generosity of its namesake. As the largest single donor to date to the NCTC Foundation, the Scott Trust has provided over $1.5 million in scholarships, but has also offered continued financial support through real property that still provides resources for student scholarships today.

NCTC President Dr. Brent Wallace welcomed the 24 members of the Scott family who were able to be present for the event.

"The Scott's hard work, Leo as a farmer and rancher and Mabel as a Registered Nurse, provides assistance to underprivileged students in Cooke County, TX and Love County, OK and their surrounding areas," said Dr. Wallace. "To date, over 3,685 students have received scholarships from this fund. That is remarkable. On behalf of the Board of Regents of NCTC it is my distinct pleasure to declare the Leo and Mable Scott Health Science Center open for business."

The new Dean of Health Sciences for NCTC, Dr. John Maduko was also present at the event to share his vision for the department and what the new building means for their growth.

"This building represents the focal point of our exceptional Health Science instruction and support by our phenomenal faculty," said Dr. Maduko. "Our programs help facilitate and promote livelihood and health in our communities. Our faculty are credentialed, experienced and passionate, and leverage our phenomenal facilities and simulation labs to truly promote our programs and cultivate exceptional future healthcare professionals."

Dr. Wallace also took a moment to introduce a new partnership between NCTC and Texas Woman's University that will allow for seamless transfer of credit hours between the two colleges. TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Carine Feyten was present to officially sign this partnership into effect with Dr. Wallace.

Students, faculty, community members and all present were invited into the new building and given personal tours of the facilities. The Simulation Department was running all of their equipment and even simulated a set of twins being born in the birthing suite.

"As we look around this campus and specifically at this new building, I think we can all agree that the future is truly bright at NCTC," said Metzler.




NCTC President Dr. Brent Wallace welcomed community members to the Grand Opening of the Leo and Mabel Scott Health Science Center.



Members of the Scott family, NCTC President Dr. Brent Wallace, and NCTC Board of Regents President Karla Metzler, along with members of the Gainesville EDC, participated in a ceremonial ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the Leo and Mabel Scott Health Science Center.

Scott NiecesThree of the Mabel Scott's nieces posed by her nursing picture in the new Leo and Mabel Scott Health Science Center on North Central Texas College's Gainesville Campus.