Greensboro College “very interested” in HPU pharmacy school

Oct. 25, 2013 @ 10:08 AM

One of the sites in play for High Point University’s proposed health sciences and pharmacy school is in downtown Greensboro.
Greensboro College President Lawrence Czarda said he’s talked with HPU President Nido Qubein about a site on the corner of its Market Street campus as a potential location.
The site consists of about an acre of unused land, which likely wouldn’t be nearly enough to accommodate the planned 170,000-square-foot school. But some additional acreage owned by Guilford County Schools across a planned greenway from the campus could become available in the future, Czarda said.
“I think I could go as far as saying that our board has been informed, and if there is legitimate interest by High Point University, we would very much want to enter into the conversation,” he said. “I don’t know if I’d categorize that as an offer, but it’s real. If that was something that needed to happen or could happen, yes, Greensboro College would be very interested in entertaining that idea.”
Qubein has said he wants to build the school on the HPU campus, but needs more land for the facility, which eventually could accommodate 700 graduate students in programs such as pharmacy, physical therapy and physician assistant studies.
He’s said HPU has explored other potential locations in the Triad, but he’s “very optimistic” the school can be built in High Point. Earlier this week, the High Point City Council agreed to make several improvements, such as widening streets, burying overhead power lines and installing sidewalks on portions of streets near the proposed location of the school at W. College Drive and W. Farriss Avenue.
The Triad does not have a pharmacy school.
The UNC Board of Governors in 2010 turned down a bid from UNCG to locate one on its campus. Since then, Greensboro leaders have been working to find a site for a planned downtown higher education center in which seven educational institutions with a presence in that city would train students in nursing and other health-care-related fields.
Czarda said the group is considering three sites for the center, one of which is the one on his campus that also has been discussed in connection with the pharmacy school.
“I have the highest respect for and admire everything that Dr. Qubein’s doing. I’ve really become a fan of everything he’s doing at HPU,” Czarda said. “The notion that, if there was a circumstance where the pharmacy school might not be built in High Point, certainly Greensboro College would be more than willing to listen to the potential of that.”