Liberty University is moving forward with plans to open a medical school by 2013.
Yesterday the university moved a step closer to securing a $12 million matching grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission. The money would also be support a new school of health sciences.
The plans for a new medical school, comes after several have already opened in the region and surrounding areas. The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine has been growing since it opened its doors to its first class in Blacksburg in 2003. This year the college opened a second campus in Spartanburg, S.C.
Carilion Clinic partnered with Virginia Tech to establish the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, which opened last year in Roanoke.
King College is in the process of establishing a medical school. Last year, the proposed King School of Medicine and Health Sciences Center earned a $25 million grant from the Tobacco Commission, the largest sum ever awarded by the organization.
And Campbell University in North Carolina is also working towards opening an osteopathic medical school by 2013.
Area leaders say there is plenty of room for all these schools. Do you agree? What do you think this will do for the economies the various communities?