HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - It's being called the largest gift from an individual in William Carey University's 123 year history. And it's coming from the head of Mississippi's only Fortune 1000 company.
Sanderson Farms CEO Joe Sanderson Jr. and his wife, Kathy, are giving $1 million to help build a school of pharmacy on the Tradition campus in Biloxi. An additional $100,000 will be used to launch the doctor of physical therapy program at the school's Hattiesburg campus.
"No one loves Mississippi more than Joe and Kathy Sanderson. The Sanderson family has a long history of supporting worthy causes in our state. William Carey is deeply grateful for this very significant gift," Carey President Tommy King said.
Earlier this week, the Leo Seal Family Foundation pledged $125,000 to help with the start-up costs for the pharmacy school. William Carey University's initial fundraising goal is $4 million, which would enable them to hire a dean and faculty and begin the accreditation process.
The proposed pharmacy school would be the second school of pharmacy in Mississippi and will meet a major need in a state where pharmacists are in critical demand.
Construction of the school is estimated to cost $12 to $18 million. It would accept 60-students a year.