School Department News

Tradition Campus

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 8:40am
The William Carey University Tradition campus in Biloxi has posted a record enrollment of 1,154 students for the fall 2015 academic term, which is the highest number of students in the university’s 40-plus years of service to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and a 22 percent increase from fall 2014.
The record enrollment comes only six years after the dedication of the campus in August 2009. The campus was built as a replacement for Carey’s original Gulf Coast campus, which was located on Beach Boulevard in Gulfport. Hurricane Katrina destroyed the campus in August 2005, prompting enrollment to fall from a then-record of 800 students to 500 students.
“The campus was completely devastated, and we were out of classes for three weeks after the hurricane,” said Jerry Bracey, administrative dean for Carey’s coast operations since 1999. “We were holding classes at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Gulfport and at Gulfport High School before moving back into modular buildings on the remains of the campus.”
Bracey and other Carey administrators were determined to rebuild Carey’s coast operations. A site in the Tradition Planned Community on Highway 67 was eventually selected to house the new campus. The 50-acre Tradition campus welcomed 710 students when it opened in fall 2009. New and expanded academic programs have allowed the number to balloon by nearly 450 students to the current numbers, said Bracey.
“New programs, like criminal justice, are seeing a lot of interest, and there are also increases in enrollment for our biology, education, nursing, psychology and business programs,” said Bracey. “I also attribute our enrollment increase to our caring staff, who spend a great amount of time with prospective students and make them feel welcomed.”
The campus offers undergraduate and graduate degree options. Programs offered include art, biology, business administration, counselor education, criminal justice, education, gerontology, health-related professions, nursing and psychology. The campus is also the anchor for a five-mile Health Care Industry Zone, which was approved by the Mississippi Legislature in 2013 under the Mississippi Health Care Industry Zone Act. The act allows incentives for health care-related businesses that locate or expand operations within state-approved industry zones.
“Due to strong academic offerings and the support of the coast community, Carey has reached another milestone in enrollment at the Tradition campus,” said Dr. Tommy King, Carey president. “We remain committed to providing higher education to the coast.”
Total enrollment at Carey, including the Tradition campus and the main campus in Hattiesburg, stands at 4,330 students, an increase of 4.5 percent from fall 2014.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 4:33pm
The William Carey University School of Business has been named a candidate for accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), the premier professional accrediting organization for business programs in colleges and universities throughout the world.
The IACBE Board of Commissioners approved Carey’s candidacy during a meeting from July 21-23 in Kansas City, Missouri. In granting the status, the commissioners determined that the School of Business has developed an appropriate quality management system; has satisfied candidacy requirements relating to its business programs, resources and operational processes; and is eligible to undergo an accreditation review.
“Participation in the IACBE accreditation process will assist the School of Business in maintaining quality programs to prepare students for their professions,” said Dr. Cheryl Dale, dean of the School of Business.
The IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education. Founded in 1997, the IACBE is nationally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and has accredited over 1,200 business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America and South America.
“With this recognition, business is on its way to joining the growing number of academic programs at Carey that have attained specialty accreditation over and above the university accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges,” said Dr. Tommy King, Carey president. “This is a tribute to the quality programs in business and the hard work of the School of Business administration and faculty.”
The School of Business, which operates at both the main campus in Hattiesburg and at the Tradition campus in Biloxi, offers the bachelor’s degree in business administration with multiple concentrations. The Master of Business Administration degree is also offered.
For more information on IACBE, visit
Monday, August 24, 2015 - 1:53pm
William Carey University has been recognized as a “Best Bang for the Buck” institution in the annual College Guide of Washington Monthly, a bimonthly nonprofit magazine covering politics, government, culture and the media.
Carey was ranked number 15 on the “Best Bang” Southern schools list, which includes over 200 schools. The rankings rate institutions based on criteria including social mobility, research and civic engagement, and also recognize schools that are “doing the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.” Other factors considered in the rankings include student loan default rate, graduation rate, percentage of students receiving Pell grants, net price, percentage of applicants that are admitted and ACT/SAT scores.
Founded in 1892, Carey has two campuses in Mississippi, including the main campus in Hattiesburg and the Tradition campus in Biloxi. Carey’s mission is to provide quality educational programs both on the undergraduate and graduate levels within a Christian academic community and to challenge the individual student to excel in scholarship, leadership and service in a diverse and global society.
For more information or to view rankings, visit
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 1:53pm
William Carey University recognized employees with service awards during annual faculty and staff meetings at the Hattiesburg campus on August 14 and August 18. 
Employees with five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 40 years of service were recognized by Dr. Tommy King, Carey president, and presented with a service pin and certificate.
FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE: Bob Bailey, Jessica Bell, Judy Caldwell, Pamela Crowley, Barry Farrell, Greg Futral, Jennifer Glenn, Nick Griffis, Denise Hancock, John Jones, Gabor Legradi, Shelia Martin, Bobby Middlebrooks, Clarke Millette, Jeff Mixon, Don Odom, Rob Payne, Johnny Porter, Everett Roark, Jalynn Roberts, Becky Robertson, Pam Shearer, Heather Sours, Jessica Taylor, Janice Vincent, Jim Weir and Chuck Windham
TEN YEARS OF SERVICE: Phyllis Armstrong, Frank Baugh, Debbie Blackwell, Laine Bourdene, Natalie Colon, Bettye Duhon, Angela George, Kristy Johnson, Roosevelt Jones, Regina Knight, Jeannie Lockley, Barry Morris, Daniel Owens, Thomas Richardson, Meagan Smith, Shirley Westfaul and Tracy Williams
FIFTEEN YEARS OF SERVICE: Gary Blackwell, Bitsy Browne Miller and Tommy Rauch
TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE: David Brockway, Lydia Easterling, Laurie Glaze, Tim Glaze, Mary Nesbitt and Barbara Tillery
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE: Daniel Browning, Tracy English, Alissa King, Colleen Stewart and Janet Williams
THIRTY YEARS OF SERVICE: Bennie Crockett, Susan Dickey and Howard Keever
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 1:02pm
More than 450 William Carey University students received degrees during the largest August commencement in the university’s history on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8 in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.
During the Friday ceremony, 26 students received the Ph.D. in nursing education and administration degree. Three students received the Ph.D. in higher education administration degree and six students received the Specialist in Education degree. The speaker for the ceremony was Dr. Chuck Benigno, superintendent of the Laurel School District.
Three ceremonies were held on Saturday. The first ceremony was for graduate students from the Hattiesburg campus with Jermaine Brown, principal of Hattiesburg High School, as speaker. The second ceremony was for undergraduate students from the Hattiesburg campus with Dr. Steven Bishop, president of Southwest Mississippi Community College in McComb, as speaker. The final ceremony was for graduate and undergraduate students from the Tradition campus with Dr. Argile Smith, pastor of Parkway Baptist Church in Biloxi, as speaker.
The four ceremonies, combined with five commencement ceremonies in May, brought the total number of Carey graduates during the 2014-2015 academic year to nearly 1,200 students.