Harding Delays Opening of Pharmacy School

SEARCY, AR - Harding University will delay for one year the opening of its college of pharmacy because it has not been able to hire enough faculty.

Pharmacy classes were to have started in the fall, but Harding President David Burks says students will have to wait until fall 2008.

The university will also delay its application to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education for a year.  Burks says the university has hired nine faculty members for the college but needs 15.

Burks says Harding's requirement that faculty be members of the Church of Christ has not hurt the start of the program.

As a result of the delay, the first class will begin with more than the 40 students originally planned for an early start.

Work is to begin within six weeks on a $7.7 million, two-story building that will be the pharmacy program's home.

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