Southwest Baptist University News Release
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University’s President C. Pat Taylor and First Lady Judy Taylor hosted a public open house for the newly renovated SBU Health Sciences, Davis Family Physical Therapy Center on Monday, September 26. The facility opened to students and faculty at the beginning of the academic year in August.
The building’s opening extends the Bolivar campus south on Springfield Avenue. SBU purchased the former Consumer’s building with the help of a major gift from the Warren B. Davis family, the previous property owners.
The property is located at 2103 S. Springfield Avenue approximately one block from the University. The 40,000 square-foot building will house the University’s doctoral program in physical therapy.
SBU President Pat Taylor said, “The current physical therapy space on the main campus allowed for only 40 doctoral students to be admitted each year for a total enrollment of 120. Now the program will be able to admit 80 students per year, which will increase the total number of doctoral students to 240 after three years.”
Plans for the building renovation were designed by GHN Architects in consultation with the SBU physical therapy faculty. The Killian Group handled the construction. The building’s current tenant, Dollar General, will remain in the building.
PHOTO From left to right at the open house: SBU College of Mathematics and Science Dean Dr. Perry Tompkins, SBU Department of Physical Therapy Chair Dr. Steven Lesh, Mark Davis, Kim Davis Harrington, Patrick Harrington, Anne Davis, Warren Davis, and SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor.
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