Buies Creek -- Campbell University has received a grant commitment of $850,000 from The Leon Levine Foundation to establish the Leon Levine Health Sciences Center. The Center will house the recently announced Physician Assistant program and other health science programs to be announced at a later date.
Current plans call for the Center to be located in the Carrie Rich Library building on the Buies Creek campus. Library resources will be relocated to Wiggins Hall this fall.
The master's program in Physician Assistant Studies was approved by the Campbell University Board of Trustees in October 2008. The University is currently in the development and accreditation process for the professional program, anticipating the enrollment of the first class in the summer of 2011.
The two year program will have a projected enrollment of 32 students per class, with a total enrollment of 64 students. The program's curriculum will be divided into two phases: educational training in classrooms, laboratories and clinical facilities and a clinical training segment. Students will be exposed to clinical experience in emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, geriatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics-gynecology, pediatrics and psychiatry.
A native of Rockingham, Leon Levine is the founder of the Family Dollar chain of discount stores. Mr. Levine and his wife Sandra have been involved in numerous philanthropic efforts throughout the Carolinas, contributing to such organizations as the Levine Children's Hospital, Duke University, Shalom Park and Temple Israel in Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte Country Day School, the Levine Museum of the New South, and Central Piedmont Community College.
Campbell University President Jerry M. Wallace says the University is deeply grateful to The Leon Levine Foundation for their commitment.
"As a native of Rockingham, N. C. myself, I am proud of the hard work and great accomplishments of Leon Levine. My family has known the Levine family for more than fifty years," said Wallace. "Campbell University is honored to have the Levine name on the Health Sciences Center."
The Physician Assistant program will complement Campbell University's other health sciences undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs under the School of Pharmacy - the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), the Master of Clinical Research (MSCR) and Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS).