Trine to cut ribbon for health sciences expansion April 25

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Trine University and Greater Fort Wayne Inc. will host a ribbon-cutting for the expansion to the university’s Health Sciences Education Center at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 25.

The expansion, located at 1818 Carew St. in Fort Wayne, will house Trine’s new surgical technology program this fall, as well as future programs planned in Trine’s Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences.

Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine University president; John Shannon, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs; Max Baumgartner, Ph.D., DPT, dean of the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences; Ryan Dombkowski, Ph.D., associate dean of the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences; and Jennifer Lloyd, director of Trine’s new surgical technology program, will be present for the event, along with officials from Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

The university will occupy 8,900 square feet of space in what formerly was an eye surgery center, adjacent to its existing Health Sciences Education at 1819 Carew St. on the Parkview Randallia campus. The space is undergoing renovation to include two state-of-the-art operating rooms, classrooms, locker rooms, a supply room, a sterile processing department with a large autoclave, a lounge and faculty offices, in addition to the existing atrium. The renovation will be complete by Aug. 1.

Trine University opened its current Health Sciences Education Center in 2013. The center is home to Trine University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) programs.

In October, the university announced it will expand its health sciences programs in Fort Wayne over the next several years. In addition to increasing the sizes of its DPT and MPAS programs and launching surgical technology, Trine plans to add Physical Therapist Assistant, Master of Applied Health Sciences, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, RN to BSN, Radiologic Technology and Master of Speech Language Pathology programs.

About Trine University

Trine University, an internationally recognized, private, co-educational, residential institution, offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in the Allen School of Engineering & Technology, Ketner School of Business, College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Franks School of Education, Jannen School of Arts & Sciences and Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences, with the School of Computing launching in Fall 2019. Trine is a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and offers 34 intercollegiate sports, 25 of which compete in NCAA Division III. Its golf program includes the university-owned 18-hole championship Zollner Golf Course. Founded in 1884 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (, Trine operates a 450-acre main campus in Angola, Indiana, and education resource centers throughout Indiana and Michigan. For more information, visit

About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its metro chamber alliance and primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc. focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. In 2018, GFW Inc. assisted 33 businesses in expansions or relocations in Allen County, resulting in a total of 2,445 projected new jobs, $115 million in new annual payroll, and more than $336 million in new investment.