Excerpt from an article in Columbia Daily Tribune: “Central Methodist University trustees and administrators Friday announced a $20 million fundraising campaign during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new building that will house the university’s health science programs.
President Roger Drake announced “The Campaign for the Heart of Central” in front of dozens of school supporters and employees on the Fayette campus. Later, Drake, a board of trustees members, and other administrators broke ground on the school’s new allied health building.”
The new building will house two Bachelor of Health Science programs that administrators are developing for students interested in becoming occupational therapy assistants or physical therapy assistants. The building also will house the school’s athletic training and nursing programs, which will be able to expand in the new space, Drake said.
“Today’s groundbreaking marks another success in the university’s efforts to meet society’s needs,” Glenn Cox, chairman of the board of trustees, said about plans to bring and expand programs that produce health care workers.
The 25,000-square-foot allied health building will cost $6.5 million, Drake said. Construction will start immediately, and the building is slated for completion in time for the August 2015 semester. “Failure is not an option,” Drake said about the completion date.