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WCU announces $21M project

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William Carey University officials announce four new building projects coming to the Hattiesburg campus.

WCU will build a chapel, a school of business building, a college of osteopathic medicine wing and a gymnasium.

WCU President Tommy King says the school has paid for the 800,000 dollar chapel and the two-million dollar medical school addition.

There will be a fundraising campaign for the four-million dollar school of business. King says the building will break ground in early summer.

He says there's been a 46 percent increase in enrollment over the past six years.

"We're just in need of additional facilities."

Additions include the new 12-million dollar gymnasium that will be located behind Carey's sports complex and will be financed through bonds. The others projects will be paid for in cash.

"The school of business, the addition to the medical school and the chapel, as well as the projects that are underway - the women's dorm and soccer facilities and renovations - are all being paid out of cash on hand," says King.

King says that money comes from faithful donors and careful money management.

"We've been putting aside the excess funds from the enrollment growth for the last five years, and now we have a nice little nest egg we can build these buildings with cash without borrowing money."

A nice nest egg pays 21 million dollars for these four projects.

But with all the construction, there will be disruption in campus life. King says for students to expect more parking issues.

"Parking is already an issue. The good thing is that all of these projects will add additional parking."

Even though a new medical facility, school of business and gymnasium are exciting projects for the president, he's most excited to bring a chapel to the faith-based university. WCU is the only school in the state without a chapel.

"While it's the smallest of the projects in terms of cost, it might be the most significant to me," says King.

King says the school plans to break ground on the chapel in a week or two, and the medical school by the end of May.

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