Dental school gains support in NEMO

The expansion of a dental school in Kirksville is gaining support across the state and the region. The location of the school has been narrowed down to Kirksville, San Diego and Orlando. So far the community has raised approximately $700,000 but is still $300,000 shy of their $1 million goal.

A.T. Still University President Jack Magruder said he is very impressed with the outpouring support.

I can tell you this community is rallying in ways that are just unbelievable said Magruder. The governor came to town and personally gave us a letter supporting the school. Our state representative and our state senator supported it in a big way with Representative Zachary putting a resolution before the house.

In addition to political support Magruder praised local organizations including City Government, County Government, KREDI, Northeast Regional Medical Center, Kirksville R-III, the medical community and the dental community in Kirksville and surrounding areas.

AT Still TMs mission clearly is supported by this dental school said Magruder. In terms of trying to provide confident caring passionate healthcare professionals that will go in and help areas, rural areas, and help people restore and maintain good health and that fits our mission. This school will do it well.

While they are doing exceedingly well in their campaign, they still face many challenges.

We do have a couple of hurdles yet said Magruder. We TMre going to have to deal with some crediting agencies to get this approved and then the board is going to have to make some decisions about if they TMll allow us to use significant amounts of university money to help support this.

Building location was also a concern that Magruder expressed. If you are going to have new school, you TMre going to have to have a place to house it.

A final decision on the dental school location is expected to be made by February 11.

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