BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Thanks to generous donors and settlement money from the BP oil spill, South Mississippi is in the final stages of getting its first pharmacy school at the William Carey University Tradition Campus.
Friday afternoon, William Carey announced that Dr. Michael Malloy will be the dean of the new program. A pharmacist, Dr. Malloy is currently the dean of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
"I think we can create an environment for the Gulf Coast that contains students who are educated and knowledgeable," said Malloy. "We can help improve health care outcomes in the area."
University President Tommy King says the school is excited about the impact the new program will have, both on campus and in the Gulf Coast community.
"We're so excited to establish the first professional school on the Gulf Coast, and it's going to have a tremendous impact on the future of the entire area," King said.
King says additional money is being raised for the program as they continue to recruit faculty. The school plans to begin offering classes in the fall of 2018.