Med school cleared to begin

Tobacco Commission approves grant

The Virginia Tobacco Commission approved a $12 million grant to fund Liberty University’s School of Health Sciences and Osteopathic Medicine on Thursday, Sept. 29.

With the grant’s approval, Liberty can now proceed with the program. Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. said the university’s matching contribution of $12 million is already in hand following bond sales last year.

According to the grant proposal, the medical school will be housed in a new, 105,000 square foot Center for Medical and Health Sciences near Lynchburg Regional Airport. The school is expected to enroll more than 4,000 students within five years of its inception.

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