William Carey picks site for new Gulf Coast campus

William Carey University will relocate its Gulf Coast campus along Mississippi Highway 67 in Biloxi, officials and developers have confirmed.

The formal announcement was made today by university officials and owners of Tradition Properties Incorporated, which is the developer.

Construction is expected to begin in the next few months. The new campus is expected to open in the fall of 2009. The school will buy 30 acres and have an option on another 20 acres.

The school's campus on the coast had been located on 20 acres on U.S. Highway 90.

Less than three months before Hurricane Katrina, the school put the property up for sale, citing interest from developers, and began looking for land north of Interstate 10.

The storm damaged or destroyed most of the buildings and the property is still on the market.

William Carey president Tommy King told The Sun Herald newspaper that the old site was a good one but the Biloxi location will allow the school to build for 750 students now and eventually accommodate up to 1000 students.

Before the storm, the school had more than 800 students on its coast campus. Now, there are just over 600 who attend classes in temporary buildings on the campus.