University of Pikeville to start optometry college

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Pikeville plans to open a college of optometry, the first in Kentucky, starting with 60 students in 2016.

The Lexington Herald-Leader ( ) said Gov. Steve Beshear attended an announcement of the plan Wednesday in Pikeville. Beshear said the project will receive a $1.5 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

University President James Hurley said the university will build a new facility for the college. He says a feasibility student has been completed, and a search is underway for a dean.

The private university was founded in 1889 and has 1,282 undergraduate students and 467 graduate students. The university offers graduate programs in osteopathic medicine, business administration and sports management.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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