Tornadoes damaged most of William Carey University’s campus in January and now they are welcoming students back for the fall semester.
“We had about 50 buildings on campus, 49 of them were damaged,” said Dr. Scott Hummel, President of William Carey University. “Six of them were destroyed to the point that they had to be demolished all the way to the ground and then we are in the process of building those back up. They are going to see that nearly every building on campus, in fact, by october every singly building on campus will be fully repaired inside and out. Windows, floors, carpet, paint, roof, everything. Brand new.”
The campus is fully operational and will welcome students back for the fall semester, but they are also working on expanding parts of campus.
“Two brand new dorms coming up, pretty soon we are going to be starting the expansion on our theatre,” said Hummel. “We’ve already completed our anatomy lab for the medical school, and we have already completed a multi-purpose center, we’ve already broken ground on our brand new academic building and brand new administration building at Tatum Court.”
Hummel said that the rebuilding efforts have been phenomenal and that many people do not realize which parts of campus were hit.
“One of the things that I think is a sign of tremendous progress is that, we have prospective students and parents that come to campus and they will say ‘oh, I am so glad that the tornado didn’t hit those dorms,'” said Hummell. “Well, oh they did, they just look brand new now, they look like they haven’t been touched, but in fact they have just been fully repaired.”