Gannon Ruskin campus opens


Gannon University formally opened a new campus in Ruskin, Fla., with a grand opening and blessing ceremony on Aug. 19.

The Florida campus is located between Tampa and Sarasota on the western shore of Tampa Bay and was chosen because of the increasing demand for health professionals in areas that serve the health care part of the Florida economy.

Currently, the campus offers an occupational therapy doctorate degree (OTD). It is one of only three programs that are accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer the OTD degree in Florida.

Students enrolled in the OTD program at the Ruskin campus have already begun the online portion of the program. They will attend classes on campus beginning this fall.

Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., among those who attended the grand opening, said the new campus reflects the university’s mission.

“In this time of change and great challenges in higher education and our country and world, it is critical for Gannon University to redouble our focus on innovation and service, on learning and healthy growth, and on faith and belief – faith in God and belief in a vision for a better future,” Taylor said.

“All of us at Gannon University are prepared and honored to add our voices, our hands and our minds to the successful future and access to exceptional education in Ruskin, Fla.”

Steven Mauro, Ph.D., the dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, said he thinks the new campus will help Gannon achieve national recognition.

“Being in a different geographic location allows us to continue to enhance our footprint in the Erie region and to move from that regional distinction to one of a national awareness.”



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