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Feb. 24, 2003 -- No. 115

UNC School of Pharmacy to announce major gift, designate special day in honor of donor

Wednesday (Feb. 26), 11:45 a.m.
Lobby, Banks D. Kerr Hall, UNC School of Pharmacy
South Columbia Street
UNC campus

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will hold a ceremony to announce one of the largest gifts in the university’s history – going to the School of Pharmacy – and recognize the donor, who has Wilmington (N.C.) ties, with the designation of a special day in his honor.

School Dean William Campbell, Chancellor James Moeser and the donor will give remarks at the ceremony. The gift will provide scholarships for the doctor of pharmacy program, enrich and expand graduate student education, provide graduate student fellowships and support faculty development in teaching and research.

The ceremony will be held in Banks D. Kerr Hall – an event coming just four months after the School of Pharmacy doubled its research and education facilities with the opening of the hall, a 65,000-square-foot facility funded with private gifts, as well as state appropriations and overhead receipts generated by federally supported research projects.

The School of Pharmacy, established in 1897, is the only public school of pharmacy in the state. More than half of the school’s 6,000 alumni live in North Carolina and serve the health-care needs of the state’s citizens. School graduates practice in 22 countries, 48 states and 98 N.C. counties.

Parking: Members of the media may unload heavy equipment in front of the School of Pharmacy. Parking is available in the W lot, behind the school at the corner of McCauley and Pittsboro streets.

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Contacts: Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415; or Speed Hallman, (919) 962-0027