William Carey University is making a welcome addition to its Tradition campus north of Gulfport.
It expects to open its School of Pharmacy there in 2018. It will be the second pharmacy school in the state.
The other one is at the University of Mississippi, a public school more than three hundred miles from South Mississippi.
And that school has to turn dozens of students away each year.
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"This is going to be very good for the region, good for the Gulf Coast region," said Gerald Bracey, administrative dean at the private Christian liberal arts college. "It will attract students from all over the United States.
"It will provide another professional academic program which is much-needed in this area."
Surrounding states have two schools.
The university will spend $15 million on a new building to house the school, which is part of the College of Health Sciences, and the attendant offices, lab and "everything it will need."
Joe F. Sanderson Jr., chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms, and his wife, Kathy, donated $1 million for the school and the Leo W. Seal Family Foundation in Bay St. Louis pledged another $125,000.
The school's College of Health Sciences will admit its first class in the doctor of physical therapy program in the fall.
It has had a school of nursing for almost 50 years and in 2014 graduated its first class in its College of Osteopathic Medicine.
It also offers degrees in health administration and education and health information management.
It's wonderful to have these opportunities for a quality education right in our backyard.
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