BU: Funding for new pharmacy program

By Brandi Bailey

January 20, 2014 Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 7:28 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University's goal of adding a pharmacy program is being achieved. Recent funding in the upcoming state budget is making that possible.

Binghamton University will receive $10 million towards its $60 million dollar project.

A committee will be designed to pick the buildings exact location.

The university is leaning towards building the structure in Johnson City near Wilson Hospital.

BU President, Harvey Stenger says the new program and building will fill a void for the campus and the community.

"The area of health sciences and health care is an area we think we can grow so adding pharmacy is the first logical step because of the demand," Stenger says.

Nearly 300 new students will be able to enroll in the program, along with almost 30 new faculty members.

The new school will focus strongly on research and could bring in up to $400,000 each year.

"We're going to be able bring in bigger companies that are going to want to be apart of this and they're going to want to establish themselves here," New York State Senator Thomas Libous says.

The new building is set to open as early as the 2016 fall semester or as late as the 2017 fall semester.

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