Harold Wells, chairman of the Campbell University Board of Trustees has announced plans for a new pharmacy teaching facility. The university is set to break ground on the $9.9 million, 42,000-square foot facility on May 24.The new building will actually double the space contained in the school's current facility, allowing it to keep pace with the tremendous growth the School of Pharmacy has experienced since its founding in 1986. "We are extremely proud of our pharmacy school record over the past 19 years," said Wells. "The new pharmacy building is a giant step in equipping our students for the future. It will enable our staff and faculty to maximize effective pharmaceutical education far into the future." Dr. Ronald Maddox, dean of the School of Pharmacy, added that a new state-of-the-art facility is essential to Campbell's Pharmacy program. "We are at a critical juncture in our history in which the School of Pharmacy has evolved to the point that additional space is needed if we are to continue to offer one of the most reputable and successful programs in the nation," Maddox said. "With the addition of the new building, Campbell will provide students with exemplary teaching accommodations." The School of Pharmacy has grown from 54 students in the 1986 charter class to over 600 students currently, including 409 Doctor of Pharmacy candidates, 127 students in Clinical Research, 99 students in Pharmaceutical Science and 361 students in the Pre-Pharmacy program. For the 2004 fall semester 1,210 students applied for 100 available places in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. The program also boasts a number of outstanding achievements, including an overall passage rate on board exams of 99 percent and a 100 percent passage rate on board exams nine out of the last 15 years. Competing against 90 other schools in the nation, Campbell's School of Pharmacy won the national Clinical Skills and Patient Counseling competitions twice. Located between the Science Building and Carter Gymnasium, the new three-story facility will feature classrooms, a student study center, breakout rooms, administrative and alumni suites, two 3,534 square-foot lecture halls, faculty offices, a Professional Association room, and close to 6,000 square-feet of laboratory space, as well as a lab preparation area. In 2001, the University also dedicated the Pharmacy Research Facility and is currently pursuing FDA certification for the facility. According to Maddox, the purpose of the Research Facility is two-fold: to train students in state-of-the art pharmaceutical manufacturing and to provide an opportunity for faculty to engage in research endeavors associated with the pharmaceutical industry. "Though the new pharmacy teaching facility and the Research Facility, Campbell University will enhance its capability to train pharmacy students to meet current and future needs of our region and the nation," Maddox added.