BANGOR, Maine — Husson University and the New England School of Communications are joining forces, the schools announced Thursday.
NESCom will retain its name, becoming a school within Husson University, according to Husson spokesman Eric Gordon. The merger received approval from the schools’ accreditor, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Gordon said.
“Husson and NESCom have been on the same campus since the 1980s,” NESCom President Thomas C. Johnston said in a news release. “Our students have lived in the same residence halls, enjoyed meals in the same dining center, recently began playing on the same athletic teams and often attended the same classes.”
Gordon said the schools, which are located on the same campus but as separate institutions, had been “moving closer and closer together over the years,” and a merger was a “natural transition.”
“Husson is excited about adding the full power of NESCom technology and programs to our portfolio of schools and colleges,” Robert A. Clark, president of Husson, said in the release. “The synergy between our two organizations will enhance both institutions’ program offerings and create a multi-media and communications powerhouse.”
NESCom offers four-year degrees with concentrations in programs ranging from video production and audio engineering to journalism and marketing communications. The merger will allow Husson students easy access to those programs, while NESCom students can take part in Husson’s nursing, hospitality and tourism, criminal justice and other programs to supplement their educations.
Starting in the fall 2014 semester, students who enroll to attend NESCom will be Husson students, Gordon said.
“From a student’s perspective, we have worked hard to make this process almost seamless,” Johnston said.