UT Tyler breaks ground on new pharmacy school


POSTED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 10:07pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 1:33pm

The University of Texas at Tyler had the groundbreaking for their new pharmacy school. They said it was a historic day for the university.

The Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy is expected to open fall of 2015. This is a school the university has wanted to establish since 2003.

"There are more than a 1000 students turned away from pharmacy school in Tyler and Texas every year. Many of them go out of state and pay high tuition costs," said UT Tyler president Rodney Mabry.

Now, those who want to pursue a career in this field can study right in their hometown.

"We should have a doubling of size in our chemistry program and biology program as a result of adding this pharmacy college."

UT Tyler brought in a pharmacy dean from California.

"There is a huge need for pharmacists in East Texas and this school will help meet that need and it will also allow students to come here then go elsewhere in the state," said UT Tyler Pharmacy School dean Lane Brunner.

This is the second pharmacy school he's started and he's excited to be part of the East Texas community.

"I became very fascinated with the region as well as how the university approaches education."

All of this wouldn't have been possible without the donations from the Fisch family as well as Brookshire Grocery Company.

The university said this is the biggest corporate donation they've received in university history. The pharmacy school will be housed in the W.T. Brookshire Hall.

Brad Brookshire said they feel honored to be part of this new, much anticipated pharmacy school.

"To be associated with UT Tyler and how professional this whole university is, is something we're very proud of," said Brookshire.

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Great news for Tyler!
Great news for Americans!
The ACA is working to bring affordable healthcare to everyone.
To those who speak against ACA - here is actual proof it is working.
If Barton & Gohmert think ACA will lead to "death panels" this proves them wrong.
They claim thousands will be slated to die every year - that's "the sky's falling" mentality.
People slated to die don't need meds.
And they don't need pharmacists & techs either.
Too much misinformation & personal opinions pass for news.

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