- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Over the past eight years, William Carey University has steadily acquired property to around its east Hattiesburg campus.

“If you see a patch of land covered in dirt, that’s probably one of ours,” said chief financial officer Grant Guthrie, referring to the university’s practice of demolishing derelict houses.

The Hattiesburg American reports (https://hatne.ws/1kXxbjA ) the city council approved zoning changes for eight properties purchased by William Carey in May.

Guthrie said the expansion isn’t hard to spot.

The new $3.3 million School of Business building sits across from the College of Osteopathic Medicine building, which will be open this fall.

Other developments:

- 52 parcels of land, purchased for a total of $2.35 million.

- About 30 additional acres added to the campus, raising its size from 120 acres to 150 acres.

- Several buildings renovated for school use, including an old general store that has become the home of the Lucile Parker Gallery.

William Carey has also taken an old apartment complex and refurbished the space to become 30-40 student residential units for the 2014-15 academic year.

“We feel like this is benefiting the neighborhood and William Carey,” said school Provost Scott Hummel.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com


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