Director of TVCC’s nursing unit resigns over fears state will close program

UPDATE: Records from the Oregon Board of Nursing provided additional details on issues at Treasure Valley Community College.

ONTARIO – The director of Treasure Valley Community College’s nursing program resigned Wednesday, citing concerns that state officials intended to shut down the program and that college administrators had been “unsupportive.”

Paulla Mizer, hired last July to take over a program in turmoil, said in her resignation letter obtained by the Malheur Enterprise that an official from the Oregon State Board of Nursing made clear in a visit last week that the state “has every intention of closing the Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC) nursing program.”

The stunning development comes just as a new school year starts, with 20 second-year students and 14 first-year students. The nursing program is considered a “cornerstone” at the . . .