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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 2:14pm
Now accepting applications for master’s degree program
William Carey University is expanding its dyslexia therapy program and will begin offering the Master of Education in dyslexia therapy on the Tradition campus in Biloxi.
The program is a comprehensive literacy approach that is Orton-Gillingham based and designed specifically for training therapists to serve students with dyslexia. The WCU program is accredited through the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). The program’s schedule is designed to accommodate working teachers with classes held for two weeks in the summer and one weekend each trimester. Therapists in training will provide therapy to students as they progress through the program. 
WCU is now taking applications for the cohort that will begin classes in July 2017 on the Biloxi campus. Click here to apply online or call the Admissions Office at (601) 318-6106. 
For more information, contact Cena Holifield, director of the dyslexia therapy program, at or call (601) 318-6600.
Posted 11/16/2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 2:38pm

The William Carey University Tradition campus will present “Anderson, A Mississippi Legacy,” an exhibit featuring works by three generations of the Walter Inglis Anderson family from October 19 – November 11. A reception will be held Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the administration building.


Walter Inglis Anderson was among the most prolific and talented artists of the 20th century, and his name is often associated with art of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A native of New Orleans and long-time resident of Ocean Springs, Anderson was educated in New York and was a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. He spent his life capturing the essence of the Mississippi coastal heritage, particularly Horn Island. 


William Carey University’s Sarah Ellen Gillespie Collection includes works by Walter Anderson, his brother James McConnell Anderson, his daughters Lief Anderson and Mary Anderson Pickard, and his grandson Christopher Inglis Stebly. 


In September the university partnered with Oddfellows Gallery in Hattiesburg for a historic showing of works by three generations of the Anderson family. “The Sarah Gillespie Collection includes many works by the Anderson family, and they have never been out of the vault at one time and exhibited together,” said Rick Wilemon, an adjunct art instructor at WCU and graduate assistant at the Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum of Art. “Now we want to share these works with our Tradition campus and the Gulf Coast community.”


The exhibit can be seen in the lobby of the administration building at the Tradition campus, located at 19640 Highway 67 in Biloxi. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. For more information, call (228) 702-1775.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 2:35pm

William Carey University has announced the hiring of Dr. David Weldon as the associate dean of the proposed School of Pharmacy at the Tradition campus.


Weldon, a native of Clarksdale, received a Bachelor of Science in forensic chemistry and a PhD in medicinal chemistry from the University of Mississippi. He met his wife, Abby, who is from Amory, while a student at Ole Miss. 


Weldon has been a professor in Loma Linda University’s School of Pharmacy in California since August 2008 and was appointed vice chair of the department of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences in July. He has also served as a contract teacher in the university’s School of Dentistry and the School of Allied Health.


“I appreciate this opportunity to return to Mississippi and to work with the William Carey University leadership team in developing the new School of Pharmacy on the Tradition campus,” said Weldon. “It’s exciting to be a part of this new chapter in WCU’s history as the university continues to provide programs that will help improve healthcare in the Gulf Coast region.”


Dr. Michael Malloy, dean of the pharmacy school, said Weldon will be his “right-hand man” and will be responsible for developing the school’s assessment plan, leading the operation procedures for developing accreditation reports, and working with students on success and retention. Weldon also will help design the initial curriculum and hire the faculty.


“I am excited to be able to attract an individual of Dr. Weldon’s caliber and experience to join us as the associate dean of the School of Pharmacy,” said Malloy. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and stability to our leadership team.”


Weldon is currently working as a consultant to WCU and is helping write the application for pre-candidate for accreditation status that will be submitted to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. He will begin work on campus January 2, 2017. 


“I look forward to being a leader for WCUSOP in the areas of assessment and curricular development and am excited to expand the culture of health science excellence already established by William Carey University in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast,” said Weldon.


 “We believe Dr. Weldon is going to be a great asset as we design our curriculum,” said Dr. Janet Williams, dean of the College of Health Sciences.


WCU President Tommy King said he was pleased to have Dr. Weldon join the administrative staff of the School of Pharmacy. “His knowledge of Mississippi and academic pharmacy will be a great asset as we build a leadership team.”


Malloy said in addition to writing the pre-candidate accreditation application, he and the school’s leaders are meeting with the architect to design the School of Pharmacy building, and interviewing and hiring additional members of the leadership team. Malloy has stressed the importance of working with the local medical community. “I am meeting with pharmacy directors at local hospitals and clinics and with pharmacists to create partnerships with them in the future to help educate our students.”


The School of Pharmacy is expected to open in 2018. For more information, contact Dean Michael Malloy at (228) 702-1859 or email

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 2:10pm

The August 2016 graduates of the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at William Carey University’s Tradition campus received a 100 percent passing rate on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. 


“We are very proud of our students and faculty for this great accomplishment,” said Dr. Bobbie Loveless, associate dean and professor. The 13 students who graduated in August were the second class this year to receive the 100 percent pass rate; the May graduating class did so as well. 


Loveless said she attributes the success to an emphasis on high academic standards, a focus on educational competency via a concept-based curriculum, and a well-qualified faculty. 


“The Tradition nursing faculty on average have nearly 30 years of clinical nursing experience and 18 years of nursing education experience,” she said. “Seventy percent of the faculty are educationally prepared at the doctoral level and have earned terminal degrees in nursing.”


For more information about the William Carey University School of Nursing, visit or call (228) 702-1825 to speak with Denise Hancock, undergraduate program director for the Tradition campus.

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 10:13am
Sam Whichard lost his wife of 41 years to cancer. Now he is fighting the disease. The professional care and personal attention he and his wife received has led him to make a contribution that will further healthcare education in Mississippi.
He is honoring his wife’s memory by establishing the Martha Elizabeth Whichard Endowed Chair of Nursing at the William Carey University Tradition campus in Biloxi. 
Whichard, a native of Gulfport and long-time Perkinston resident, said the people of the coastal counties benefit from an abundance of vibrant, growing education institutions such as William Carey University at Tradition, Tulane University, University of Southern Mississippi, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. “They all make a footprint, and it is evident there is a vision that I do not remember in my youth. I am particularly excited by the multiplicity of health programs intact or in development at WCU such as nursing, physical therapy, osteopathic medicine, and pharmacy. My gift in Martha’s name to WCU is small, but I know that it will be used effectively.”
Whichard believes there are two components to healthcare: professional expertise and empathy. He said professional expertise blossoms with knowledge and a magical empathy that healthcare workers share with those they serve. “Professional expertise is measured by a rigorous certification process. Empathy is measured by the heart,” he said.
 “My wife and I have benefitted from health care professionals with a high level of expertise. We understood more clearly their ‘human touch.’ For instance, there was a hospice nurse who patiently sat on Martha’s bed and stroked her face. There was the ER nurse who just recently assured me that I was facing the beginning, not the end.”
Martha Whichard worked for the Stone County School District, and her husband describes her as “a champion for people with Down’s Syndrome and autism.” Mrs. Whichard passed away in 2009, but her enthusiasm and positive attitude are still remembered. 
“I met Martha Whichard several years ago, and the impression she left on my life and my son’s life will certainly not be forgotten,” said Tonya Bolton, former Perkinston Elementary School principal. “I will never forget our first meeting. In walks a petite woman with a bright spark in her eyes. She greeted me with enthusiasm and wanted to get right to work. I did not know it at the time, but that was Martha - always ready to lend a hand and get to work on helping our students at Perkinston Elementary to succeed.”  
Over the years Whichard served as substitute teacher, volunteer, speech pathologist, mentor, parenting coach, and friend. Bolton said Whichard had a special relationship with children and that her classroom was the first and last place her son visited each day. “He always had a story to tell, and she was always eager to listen. Martha had a special way of bringing out the best in people, especially children and those with special needs.”
Whichard often told Bolton, “Don’t sweat the small stuff, life is too short to worry.”  Bolton said. Whichard kept that attitude throughout her illness. “She remained steadfast in her dedication to our students and our school,” she said. “The world lost a beautiful soul when Martha transitioned on. Her spirit lives on in the lives of the students and people she influenced and will continue to impact through this endowment.”
The endowment will help fund the nursing department chair position at the Tradition campus. “We are truly humbled that Sam chose William Carey University to establish this endowment. Martha’s legacy of service to others will be remembered each year as students pursue their dream of a career in nursing,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, chief advancement officer for William Carey University. “We are honored to have this prestigious position named in Martha’s memory as the first endowed chair on the Tradition Campus.”