Gov. Phil Bryant, UM Chancellor Dan Jones break ground for new School of Medicine building
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and other special guests join Dr. Dan Jones, Ole Miss chancellor, and Dr. James Keeton, UMMC vice chancellor, in the ceremonial ground-breaking for a new School of Medicine on Monday, Jan. 7 on the UMMC campus.
Construction on the new 151,000 square-foot facility will begin later this year, and once complete, the additional classroom and laboratory space will allow the school to increase each incoming class from 135 to more than 160 students. It is estimated this will have a $1.7 billion economic impact on Mississippi by 2025, and those addition physicians will support more than 19,000 new jobs.
Pictured at the ground-breaking are (from left) Bradley Deere, third-year medical student; Dr. Ruth Black, director of Pastoral Services; Blake Wilson; Johnson; Dr. Hank Bounds, commissioner of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning; Bryant; Keeton; Philip Gunn, speaker of the House of Representatives; Lynn Fitch, state treasurer; and Dr. LouAnn Woodward, associate vice chancellor for health affairs and vice dean of the School of Medicine. (Larger photo)