HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The pharmacy school at the William Carey University's Tradition Campus will be the first of its kind for South Mississippi.
The 33,000 square foot facility is coming out the ground and construction is on schedule.
This is despite weather impacts both on the coast and the university's Hattiesburg campus.
"I think the secret is the vast amount of community support we receive from the Hattiesburg campus, but also from the coast," said Dr. Michael Malloy, dean of the incoming pharmacy school.
According to Malloy, William Carey is blessed with amazing staff and a favorable environment to keep the momentum rolling for the new development.
"Putting us within this healthcare zone that the governor created is going to make the sky the limit for us right here," said Malloy, referring to the corridor along Highway 67 that now qualifies incoming healthcare-related industries for a tax credit.
Malloy also believes the school is blessed by God himself.
"He's the one who gave us the courage and faith keep going on, and I can't say that He didn't play a small part in this. I mean you figure it out. We not only had a tornado but we also had a hurricane. So you tell me if somebody is watching over us," said Dr. Malloy.
The school is interviewing potential students with a plan to accept just over 60. The opening date is still set for July 2018, pending approval by a national accreditation board.
The University is also expecting a 17,000 square foot event center to be completed around the same time as the pharmacy school.