William Carey receives large donation

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg university has received a large donation from a local organization.


The Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg gave William Carey University $1 million on Wednesday. The foundation supports various healthcare programs across the Pine Belt.


"And the medical school is something that South Mississippi will benefit from but also the other contiguous states will benefit from," said Bill Ray, chairman of the Asbury Foundation. "We saw it as an opportunity that the window opened a little bit and we want to try to make it happen."

The funds will be used for the construction and operation of phase two of the University's proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine.


President of the University, Tommy King said, "The building for the medical school is in three phases. We have funds on hand to build phase one, which will get us up and running. Phase two will be needed shortly thereafter."
That phase calls for a clinical wing to include examination and treatment rooms. King says the University needs about $3.2 million dollars for phase two construction.
"And with these gifts we received today we have about one point three so we need to raise an additional $2 million to construct phase two concurrently with phase one."
Aside from the $1 million donated by the Asbury Foundation, the University also received a grant of $100,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi, plus two other anonymous pledges of a $100,000 each. 
Michael Murphy, founding dean of WCU's medical school, said,
"I hope this is the seed corn that will help grow additional contributions, We are going to need all the help we can get. The school has done an unbelievable job of providing the financing but trying to get it done quickly."
The medical school is set to open in the fall of 2010, making it the thirtieth College of Osteopathic Medicine in the United States.