WCU Receives Hearin Grant for Nursing Program

Hattiesburg, Miss., June 19, 2013 -

William Carey University has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation in support of the Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration program, which was implemented in the Fall of 2012. The Ph.D. program was designed to prepare professional nurse scholars to assume leadership and upper-level management roles in nursing education programs or health care organizations.

“This is the first major grant that WCU has received from the Hearin Foundation and is an indication that William Carey has become a major player in providing health care education for Mississippi and the entire region,” said Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU.

The Hearin Foundation was established in the will of Robert M. Hearin, Sr., the Mississippi Valley Gas Co. chairman and CEO who died in 1992. The goal of the foundation is to contribute to the overall economic advancement of Mississippi by providing funds for four-year colleges and universities and graduate professional schools located in the state which prepare students to directly contribute to the state’s economy. The foundation grants funds to help improve the quality of instruction and attract promising students through scholarships, especially in the fields of accounting, architecture, business, economics, engineering, law, medicine, pharmacy, science, and other academic disciplines.

WCU’s School of Nursing (SON) is accredited by the Institutions of Higher Learning and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The WCU SON offers a BSN degree, a B.S. in Health Information Management (HIM), an RN-to-BSN program, an MSN degree, a Post-Master’s Program Option in Nursing Education, a Post-Master’s Program Option in HIM, and the new Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration program. To find out more about these programs, visit or contact the Fail School of Nursing at 601-318-6478.

For more information about the Hearin Foundation grant, contact Dr. Scott Hummel at


Pictured is Dr. Scott Hummel, provost at WCU, congratulating Dr. Janet Williams, dean of the William Carey University School of Nursing, for receiving the $250,000 grant from the Robert N. Hearin Foundation. The grant will support WCU’s Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration program.