Tallahassee, FL - The Florida Board of Governors gave approval today for a new educational center for Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Crestview, Fla. FAMU will offer a Doctor of Pharmacy program at the new center beginning in fall 2012.
“We are pleased that the board voted favorably for this project that will not only extend our services to the panhandle, but provide an economic boost for the City of Crestview,” said FAMU President James H. Ammons. “When FAMU was given the land-grant status, it was envisioned that FAMU would be engaged in extension and outreach that would transform lives and communities. This center will do just that.”
FAMU received $2.5 million from Public Education Capital Outlay funds in 2008 for the project titled “Rural Diversity Healthcare — Crestview” and was appropriated an additional $8.5 million in 2010 to continue the FAMU Crestview Education Center project.
Of the $8.5 million, $1.5 million will be used to establish the program, and $9.5 million for needed facility renovations and maintenance.
The facility, located on the corner of Main Street and Woodruff Avenue in downtown Crestview, was transferred by the City of Crestview to FAMU in the summer of 2010. Known as The Alatex Building, the facility was opened in 1937 as a garment factory and was one of the major employers in Okaloosa County.
“We must thank Sen. Durell Peaden Jr. for the invitation to bring the pharmacy program to Crestview and his steadfast support in securing appropriations from the Florida Legislature,” said FAMU President James H. Ammons. “The people of Crestview are extremely fortunate to have a visionary and champion like Sen. Peaden who has a desire to bring economic development and high demand jobs to the region. We also would like to thank the city for donating this 40,000 square foot historic building to FAMU. Crestview’s history is now a part of FAMU’s future.
The FAMU Pharm.D will admit students into the program as juniors. They will complete two years of undergraduate and two years of graduate coursework at the site. The first year, enrollment will be limited to five graduate students in their advanced pharmacy practice training. The university plans to enroll 30 undergraduate students in 2013. By 2016, FAMU anticipates that it will have 60 undergraduate and 60 graduate students at the site.
FAMU has offered a degree in pharmacy since 1951, becoming a College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1985. The College has expanded its operations from the main campus located in Tallahassee to campuses in Miami, Jacksonville and Tampa.