School Department News


Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 2:35pm

William Carey University has announced the hiring of Dr. David Weldon as the associate dean of the proposed School of Pharmacy at the Tradition campus.


Weldon, a native of Clarksdale, received a Bachelor of Science in forensic chemistry and a PhD in medicinal chemistry from the University of Mississippi. He met his wife, Abby, who is from Amory, while a student at Ole Miss. 


Weldon has been a professor in Loma Linda University’s School of Pharmacy in California since August 2008 and was appointed vice chair of the department of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences in July. He has also served as a contract teacher in the university’s School of Dentistry and the School of Allied Health.


“I appreciate this opportunity to return to Mississippi and to work with the William Carey University leadership team in developing the new School of Pharmacy on the Tradition campus,” said Weldon. “It’s exciting to be a part of this new chapter in WCU’s history as the university continues to provide programs that will help improve healthcare in the Gulf Coast region.”


Dr. Michael Malloy, dean of the pharmacy school, said Weldon will be his “right-hand man” and will be responsible for developing the school’s assessment plan, leading the operation procedures for developing accreditation reports, and working with students on success and retention. Weldon also will help design the initial curriculum and hire the faculty.


“I am excited to be able to attract an individual of Dr. Weldon’s caliber and experience to join us as the associate dean of the School of Pharmacy,” said Malloy. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and stability to our leadership team.”


Weldon is currently working as a consultant to WCU and is helping write the application for pre-candidate for accreditation status that will be submitted to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. He will begin work on campus January 2, 2017. 


“I look forward to being a leader for WCUSOP in the areas of assessment and curricular development and am excited to expand the culture of health science excellence already established by William Carey University in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast,” said Weldon.


 “We believe Dr. Weldon is going to be a great asset as we design our curriculum,” said Dr. Janet Williams, dean of the College of Health Sciences.


WCU President Tommy King said he was pleased to have Dr. Weldon join the administrative staff of the School of Pharmacy. “His knowledge of Mississippi and academic pharmacy will be a great asset as we build a leadership team.”


Malloy said in addition to writing the pre-candidate accreditation application, he and the school’s leaders are meeting with the architect to design the School of Pharmacy building, and interviewing and hiring additional members of the leadership team. Malloy has stressed the importance of working with the local medical community. “I am meeting with pharmacy directors at local hospitals and clinics and with pharmacists to create partnerships with them in the future to help educate our students.”


The School of Pharmacy is expected to open in 2018. For more information, contact Dean Michael Malloy at (228) 702-1859 or email

Monday, June 20, 2016 - 11:14am
William Carey University announced June 17 the hiring of Dr. Michael Malloy as the dean for the proposed pharmacy school at the WCU Tradition campus in Biloxi. Dr. Janet Williams, associate vice president for health programs, introduced Malloy at a press conference at the Tradition campus.
Malloy comes to WCU from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where he has held several positions on the Worcester campus since 2000. Since 2005 he has served as dean and professor and also served as executive director of the Worcester campus from 2007 to 2010. From 2000 to 2005 he was professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Before moving to Massachusetts, Dr. Malloy was a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Auburn University from 1989 to 2000.
Malloy earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from State University of New York in Buffalo and completed his residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital/University of Florida in Gainesville. He earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Florida. 
"We are very proud to welcome Dr. Michael Malloy as founding dean of our new School of Pharmacy,” said Williams. “His contribution will greatly enhance our efforts to bring resources and opportunities to South Mississippi."
Dr. Malloy said he appreciated the welcome he has received and looks forward to becoming a part of the campus and the community. “It’s the people that make a difference,” he said. He emphasized that pharmacy students are not the typical 18- or 19-year-old college student, and many of them have families that will relocate to the area with them. 
Malloy has already been looking at the hospitals and other relevant places in the coastal communities that can benefit from and partner with the pharmacy school. He said coming to WCU gives him “the opportunity to create a health care profession that can impact the entire coast. Because everyone goes to a pharmacy, everyone needs a pharmacist.”
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WCU’s pharmacy school will be the second school of pharmacy in Mississippi and will meet a major need in a state where pharmacists are in critical demand. The school will offer the Doctor of Pharmacy degree and train students to become professionals capable of ensuring the effective and safe use of drugs in patient care. 
“William Carey University has made great strides in filling unmet needs in the healthcare field,” said WCU President Tommy King. “Our mission is to prepare individuals to work in underserved areas of the Gulf South and the nation.”
A campaign is underway to raise the $4 million start-up costs of the proposed school. It is estimated an additional $12-$15 million will be needed in construction funds to build and equip the building. More than $3.4 million has been raised to date, including a $1 million gift from Joe F. Sanderson Jr. and his wife Kathy, as well as major gifts from Joe Canizaro, Trehern Charitable Foundation, Mississippi Power Company, Leo Seal Foundation, John “Shorty” Sneed, Chevron, Coast Electric Power Association and Merit Health Biloxi. 
“Today’s announcement would not be possible without the support provided by these donors and the Gulf Coast community,” said King. “We appreciate their generosity as we work together to improve the health and wellness of the people of Mississippi.”
Although additional start-up funds need to be raised, King said there are professors from around the country already showing interest in coming to the school. “We are stepping out on faith to go ahead and make this move now. We trust the people of the coast and others to support our efforts.”
The pharmacy school is projected to open in 2018 with 60-70 students in the initial class. The school will employ 20-25 faculty and staff. King said the school will be the first professional school on the coast, and the benefits will reach far beyond the coast.
The School of Pharmacy will anchor the Health Care Industry Zone, a five-mile radius around the Tradition campus established by the state legislature in 2012 to promote the growth of the health care industry along the Gulf Coast and in the entire state. The zone will encompass the Learning and Wellness Commons at Tradition, with the pharmacy school also serving as the base for a national diabetic research, treatment and prevention institute. 
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 5:06pm
As a result of strong growth in health-related programs, the William Carey University Board of Trustees recently approved the creation of the College of Health Sciences.
The new academic unit will include several existing programs at the university, including the School of Nursing, the Department of Physical Therapy, the health information management program and the health education and administration program. Dr. Janet Williams, dean of Carey's nursing school, will serve as dean of the new college.
The establishment of the new college comes on the heels of strong enrollment growth in the nursing school and the establishment of the doctoral program in physical therapy in 2014. The School of Nursing has seen an enrollment increase of 18 percent since 2010 on the Mississippi campuses, located in Hattiesburg and Biloxi, with a continued increase expected for fall 2015. A satellite location in Slidell, La., is also seeing positive enrollment numbers.
In 2012, the nursing school introduced the administration and education doctoral program following the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Medicine's recommendation that universities double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020. Two years later, Carey graduated 21 doctoral nursing students, a number more than triple the six doctoral nursing graduates throughout Mississippi in the previous year.
There are currently 72 students enrolled in the doctoral program, with 27 anticipated to graduate this year and another 40 in 2016. The health information management program, which started in 2014 and offers a bachelor's degree, will also graduate its first class of 26 students in 2015. Another new program started in 2014, the Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in nursing dual degree, is also seeing growth.
Carey is also readying the physical therapy doctoral program for its first students. The program was established by the Carey Board of Trustees in 2014 and is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Fundraising is currently underway to provide for startup costs, including renovation of the program's classrooms in Thomas Business Building. A total of $1 million has been raised out of a projected need of $1.5 million.
Students will be eligible to begin pre-physical therapy studies in the fall. The first doctoral class consisting of 30 students is expected to be admitted in fall 2016. The physical therapy program will be the second of its kind in the state at a time when the need for physical therapists is growing at a rapid rate. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently predicted the job growth in the near future in physical therapy to be 36 percent compared to a predicted increase of 20 percent for other medical fields.
Carey's new programs are designed to meet needs around the state, said Dr. Williams.
"We are interested in providing for students educationally sound and innovative methods to increase the educational level of health care workers in our state, which will subsequently have a positive effect on health care available to the citizens of our state," she said.
Carey has a rich history of providing for medical needs in Mississippi and neighboring states. In 1969, Carey acquired the Mather School of Nursing in New Orleans and was approved to offer the bachelor's degree in nursing for the first time at the Hattiesburg campus. The degree soon expanded to Carey's then-Gulf Coast campus in Gulfport, which was relocated to the Tradition Planned Community near Biloxi following Hurricane Katrina. The master's degree in nursing was added in 2003. In 2007, the Carey Board of Trustees authorized construction of a College of Osteopathic Medicine, the second medical school in the state. The medical college opened in 2010 and graduated its first class of students in 2014.
With consistent growth and the founding of the College of Health Sciences, the future seems bright for Carey's health-related programs, especially as another new program looms on the horizon. Carey administrators and the Office for Advancement are currently working to raise funds for a school of pharmacy at the Tradition campus. The proposed pharmacy school would be the second of its kind in the state and would help combat a critical shortage of pharmacists in Mississippi. Administrators anticipate a need for $4 million in startup costs along with an additional $12-15 million in construction funds for facilities for the school.
The largest gift in Carey history, $1.1 million, was given to the institution by Joe F. Sanderson Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms, and his wife Kathy, with $1 million of the gift benefitting the pharmacy school and $100,000 applied to the physical therapy program. Additional gifts, including a $125,000 gift from the Leo W. Seal Family Foundation, have also been received for the pharmacy school.
A master's degree is also being planned for the health administration and education program, which helps health care workers who are licensed, registered or certified increase their educational level for teaching or becoming administrators.
"As a university, Carey is dedicated to meet the needs of those around us," said Dr. Williams. "We are very fortunate because we have a visionary president who encourages us to be innovative and meet those needs."
For more information about Carey's health-related programs, visit or call (601) 318-6478. To contribute to fundraising efforts for the pharmacy and physical therapy programs, visit or call (601) 318-6542.
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 4:42pm
The largest gift from an individual in the institution’s 123 years of operation will assist William Carey University in building a school of pharmacy on the Tradition campus in Biloxi and in efforts to launch the doctor of physical therapy program at the Hattiesburg campus.
The gift of $1.1 million was given by Joe F. Sanderson Jr., chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Sanderson Farms in Laurel, and his wife Kathy. Of the $1.1 million, $1 million will be used for the pharmacy school and $100,000 for the physical therapy program.
In accepting the gift, Carey President Tommy King said, “No one loves Mississippi more than Joe and Kathy Sanderson. The Sanderson family has a long history of supporting worthy causes in our state. William Carey is deeply grateful for this very significant gift.”
The proposed pharmacy school would be the second school of pharmacy in Mississippi and will meet a major need in a state where pharmacists are in critical demand. The physical therapy program, officially established in 2014 and expected to admit its first pre-physical therapy students in August, is also the second physical therapy doctorate program in the state and will meet another strong need.
The university has a long track record of meeting needs. When it became clear that Mississippi, and indeed the entire Gulf South region of the United States, needed more medical doctors, the institution’s Board of Trustees and President Dr. Tommy King worked to open the College of Osteopathic Medicine. The medical college, the second medical school in the state, accepted its first class in 2010. The inaugural class of 94 doctors of osteopathic medicine graduated in May 2014 and now work in residency programs throughout the nation. The fifth class of medical students started their studies in August 2014.
And, in a state where a nursing shortage continues to be an issue, the institution’s School of Nursing has substantially expanded its offerings in recent years. A doctor of philosophy in nursing education and administration was added in 2012 and a master of nursing/master of business administration dual degree in 2014. A health information management program, another need in the state, was also added in 2012.
Carey’s vision of meeting needs matches up nicely with the vision of the Sanderson family, which has previously donated $105,000 to the university for building, development and scholarship endowment and has often provided assistance for causes in Mississippi.
An example of the family’s charitable mindset can be found in Joe Sanderson Jr.’s rescue of the annual Professional Golf Association tour event in Mississippi. The event, which provides necessary resources for the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson and has been held since 1968, was in serious trouble in recent years. In 2013, Sanderson persuaded the board of Sanderson Farms to become the event’s title sponsor.
In January 2015, the Sanderson Farms Championship announced a record donation of $1,102,700 to the children’s hospital. The gift will be used to expand the hospital’s Children’s Heart Center, where congenital heart defects affecting nearly one out of every 100 babies born are diagnosed and treated.
At the time of the hospital donation, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant remarked of Sanderson, “Until Joe stepped forward, we were on the verge of losing something that this state has had since 1968 … Joe is a humble man and he gives credit to others but without Joe, we would not be here today.”
Sanderson Farms Inc., founded in 1947, is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken and other prepared food items. Employing more than 11,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 13 different cities, Sanderson Farms is the third-largest poultry producer in the United States. With company headquarters in Laurel, Sanderson Farms is the only Fortune 1000 company headquartered within the state of Mississippi. 
As a company, Sanderson Farms is committed to adopting a fresh approach in everything that they do. Not only where products are concerned, but companywide as well. Though the company has grown in size, it still adheres to the same hometown values of honesty, integrity and innovation that were established when the Sanderson family founded the company back in 1947 as a small feed, seed and farm supply business. Even today, after more than 65 years in the business, the company continues to be guided by chairman and CEO Joe F. Sanderson Jr., a third-generation Sanderson who is keenly tuned with his family’s legacy of unparalleled growth, quality products and responsiveness to customer needs. 
For more information on contributing to Carey or about its programs, call (601) 318-6051. For information on Sanderson Farms, visit
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 9:59am
The Leo W. Seal Family Foundation, headquartered in Bay St. Louis, has pledged $125,000 for the establishment of the school of pharmacy at the William Carey University Tradition campus in Biloxi.
The pledge will be distributed to Carey over a five-year period, with $50,000 already contributed, to defray startup costs for the pharmacy school. The school, the second of its kind in Mississippi, will have the mission of serving the entire Gulf Coast region. It will also anchor a Health Care Industry Zone, established by state law, within a five-mile radius of the campus on Highway 67.
Hank Zuber, District 113 state representative and co-author of the legislation creating the zone, was on hand for the Foundation’s formal gift presentation on January 12 and noted the impact of the gift.
“I would like to thank the Foundation for the generous contribution,” said Zuber. “They are taking the lead with this contribution in bringing the Coast back … we are now one step closer to having the pharmacy school at Carey, which will be a game-changer for south Mississippi not only in terms of the school itself but possibilities including, but not limited to, high-tech spin-off companies and ancillary businesses.”
Foundation board member Clay Wagner said the Foundation was pleased to support such a worthy project.
“We are very, very excited to be able to participate in such an amazing project not only for the students on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, but also for the growth and development of our region,” he said.
Carey President Dr. Tommy King expressed appreciation to the Foundation and noted the university’s desire to serve the Gulf Coast and surrounding area.
“Carey has been on the coast for more than 35 years. Bringing the first professional school to the coastal region is just another example of our desire to serve this significant area of Mississippi and neighboring states,” said Dr. King.
For more information on the pharmacy school or on ways to give, contact Monica Marlowe, chief advancement officer for the Tradition campus, at (228) 702-1853 or by email at