HIGH POINT, N.C., March 14, 2013 – In order to accommodate new proposed programs in physical therapy, physician assistant studies and pharmacy, High Point University will build a new 170,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility at the corner of East Farriss Avenue and Panther Drive on land that has been recently acquired contiguous to campus. The complex is estimated to cost $60 million. Construction is currently scheduled to start in 2015. At maturity, more than 90 faculty and staff will lead 700 students in programs housed in the four-story building.
The building will house the existing School of Health Sciences, which currently offers programs in exercise science and athletic training, and the proposed School of Pharmacy. It will grow to include proposed master’s level programs in physician assistant studies and doctoral degrees in physical therapy and pharmacy programs. Collectively, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Pharmacy will create a cornerstone for medical related innovation at HPU.
“The expansion of these highly relevant programs is a testament to our talented faculty, generous philanthropic investors, and an ever-growing base of supportive students, alumni and parents,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. “These programs, revolving around an increased need for health care providers, will place HPU graduates in critical, professional roles throughout North Carolina and across the world.”
The programs will prepare graduates to serve in health-related fields which are expected to grow by 39 percent over the next 7 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Dr. Daniel Erb, who came from Duke University, is the dean of the School of Health Sciences. He and his academic team have been actively developing the curricula in physical therapy and physician assistant studies. Erb graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in physical therapy, and received a master’s degree and doctorate in anatomy from the Medical College of Virginia. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine. At Duke, he served for 11 years as the director of graduate studies and associate professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division in the Department of Community and Family Medicine. “These programs are significant because they will change lives,” says Erb.
Dr. Ronald Ragan is the dean for the proposed School of Pharmacy. He comes to HPU from the University of Kansas where he developed new academic and assessment programs in the school’s highly respected pharmacy school. He has more than 25 years of experience as a community and hospital pharmacist and educator and holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology.