School Department News

Tradition Campus

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.”
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 11:14am
William Carey University announced June 17 the hiring of Dr. Michael Malloy as the dean for the proposed pharmacy school at the WCU Tradition campus in Biloxi. Dr. Janet Williams, associate vice president for health programs, introduced Malloy at a press conference at the Tradition campus.
Malloy comes to WCU from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where he has held several positions on the Worcester campus since 2000. Since 2005 he has served as dean and professor and also served as executive director of the Worcester campus from 2007 to 2010. From 2000 to 2005 he was professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Before moving to Massachusetts, Dr. Malloy was a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Auburn University from 1989 to 2000.
Malloy earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from State University of New York in Buffalo and completed his residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital/University of Florida in Gainesville. He earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Florida. 
"We are very proud to welcome Dr. Michael Malloy as founding dean of our new School of Pharmacy,” said Williams. “His contribution will greatly enhance our efforts to bring resources and opportunities to South Mississippi."
Dr. Malloy said he appreciated the welcome he has received and looks forward to becoming a part of the campus and the community. “It’s the people that make a difference,” he said. He emphasized that pharmacy students are not the typical 18- or 19-year-old college student, and many of them have families that will relocate to the area with them. 
Malloy has already been looking at the hospitals and other relevant places in the coastal communities that can benefit from and partner with the pharmacy school. He said coming to WCU gives him “the opportunity to create a health care profession that can impact the entire coast. Because everyone goes to a pharmacy, everyone needs a pharmacist.”
School of Pharmacy
WCU’s pharmacy school will be the second school of pharmacy in Mississippi and will meet a major need in a state where pharmacists are in critical demand. The school will offer the Doctor of Pharmacy degree and train students to become professionals capable of ensuring the effective and safe use of drugs in patient care. 
“William Carey University has made great strides in filling unmet needs in the healthcare field,” said WCU President Tommy King. “Our mission is to prepare individuals to work in underserved areas of the Gulf South and the nation.”
A campaign is underway to raise the $4 million start-up costs of the proposed school. It is estimated an additional $12-$15 million will be needed in construction funds to build and equip the building. More than $3.4 million has been raised to date, including a $1 million gift from Joe F. Sanderson Jr. and his wife Kathy, as well as major gifts from Joe Canizaro, Trehern Charitable Foundation, Mississippi Power Company, Leo Seal Foundation, John “Shorty” Sneed, Chevron, Coast Electric Power Association and Merit Health Biloxi. 
“Today’s announcement would not be possible without the support provided by these donors and the Gulf Coast community,” said King. “We appreciate their generosity as we work together to improve the health and wellness of the people of Mississippi.”
Although additional start-up funds need to be raised, King said there are professors from around the country already showing interest in coming to the school. “We are stepping out on faith to go ahead and make this move now. We trust the people of the coast and others to support our efforts.”
The pharmacy school is projected to open in 2018 with 60-70 students in the initial class. The school will employ 20-25 faculty and staff. King said the school will be the first professional school on the coast, and the benefits will reach far beyond the coast.
The School of Pharmacy will anchor the Health Care Industry Zone, a five-mile radius around the Tradition campus established by the state legislature in 2012 to promote the growth of the health care industry along the Gulf Coast and in the entire state. The zone will encompass the Learning and Wellness Commons at Tradition, with the pharmacy school also serving as the base for a national diabetic research, treatment and prevention institute. 
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 10:42am
A collection of aerial photographs on display at the William Carey University Tradition campus combines artistry and concern for our coastal environment.
“Coastal Waterways” by Susan Guice features photographs illustrating the impact man has on the Mississippi and Louisiana waterways. Guice will discuss her work during a reception and presentation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at the Tradition campus, located at 19640 Hwy. 67 in Biloxi.
“When I fly over the marsh, I’m captivated by the sinuous curves of its natural waterway, the coarse texture of the marsh grass, and the rich colors of the reflected sky on still waters and shallow silty bottoms,” said Guice who is a licensed pilot as well as an accomplished photographer. “But, it’s hard to ignore the ugly slashes of straight lines. These canals and pipeline cuts for the oil industry signal the end of days for this unique part of the world.”
The exhibit is a compilation of work that began in 2007, and the photos were collected over approximately 2,000 flight hours. Guice shot the photos with a Nikon digital SLR camera. She said the images are as she captured them with her camera using a variety of lenses; they have not been altered or manipulated.  
“Susan Guice’s aerial photography gives us not only images of nature with exquisite vibrance, but also a unique perspective on man’s impact on the coastal waterways where we live,” said Tracy Williams, director of the Tradition campus art department. “The work is engaging on so many levels.”
Guice said each photo represents a moment in time.  “These wetlands are disappearing so rapidly that the image you see here now may already be gone. Government data indicate that every 15 minutes an area the size of a football field is lost to open water.”
Nearly 2,000 square miles of the coastal wetlands have disappeared since 1932. “Today, because of the works of man, the marsh that took the Mighty Mississippi millennia to create is quickly becoming open water,” Guice said. “What was once a vibrant nursery for seafood, an unequaled habitat for wildlife, and protective barrier between the Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans is now merely the skeletal remains of its former self.”
The Louisiana marsh once helped flood waters to safely disperse across the Mississippi River. Recent catastrophic floods affecting residents all along the Mississippi River were worse because of wetlands loss in Louisiana alone.
Guice’s photos capture a disappearing landscape. She said, “Enjoy these photographs as you would a rainbow after a thunderstorm. One day, they will only be a reminder of what once was.”
For more information, contact Tracy Williams at (228) 702-1844 or at