WCU Hosts Mississippi Woman’s College Reunion
Hattiesburg, Miss., October 25, 2013 - William Carey University hosted a reunion for Mississippi Woman’s College, the predecessor to William Carey, on October 18 in the Thomas Business Building on the Hattiesburg campus. The luncheon included an address and special entertainment by Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick, who recently completed her first year of medical school at the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM). Dr. Tommy King, president, gave an update on university happenings, construction, and plans for the future.
Though the institution was founded in 1892, the campus that is now WCU originally opened its doors in 1906 as South Mississippi College. A fire destroying the buildings forced the school to shut down, but in 1911, it re-opened as Mississippi Woman’s College, and remained a woman’s college until 1954, when it changed to coeducational status. The school was re-named William Carey College, and in 2006, became William Carey University to reflect the institution’s growth. Prior to the luncheon program on Friday, Cindy Cofield, alumni director, greeted guests as they had an opportunity to view memorabilia and photos from the Mississippi Woman’s College era.