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.”
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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.