UT Tyler breaks ground on new pharmacy school
POSTED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 10:07pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 1:33pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — 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.