Wingate Sponsors Economic Summit

WINGATE, N.C., -- Dr. Jerry E. McGee, president of Wingate University, addressed Matthews officials, administrators and members of the Matthews Chamber of Commerce today at an Economic Summit held at the Matthews Town Hall. The president reviewed the University's history and growth beginning in 1896 when the Wingate School was located in the town of Ames Turnout, now called the town of Wingate.

More recently, Wingate University has opened the state's third School of Pharmacy - the only one between Chapel Hill and Memphis, Tenn. The school has a waiting list of more than 1,000 applicants for the 70 available seats. McGee also cited the new Master of Physician Assistant Studies program, which has more than 500 students competing for 20 available seats. Both programs will be able to expand when the University opens the Levine College of Health Sciences in 2011.

The School of Adult and Graduate Education in downtown Matthews has also seen dramatic growth from 12 students in 1992 to 492 today, McGee said, noting that adult learners are coming to the campus to complete their bachelor's, master's or doctorate degrees during the evenings. "People don't realize that you can come to Matthews without one college credit and leave with a doctorate degree," he said. According to McGee, Wingate ranks number four in the state in the percentage of faculty who hold the highest degree in their field.

McGee reaffirmed the University's commitment to the Matthews area and said the Matthews campus will move in 2012 to a larger site under development near the I-485 and John Street exit. The site will be located at the future Matthews Commons and enable the University to offer area residents more programs and as many as 16 to 20 classrooms.

Other Wingate representatives at the summit included Dr. Kristin Stowe, assistant professor of economics, who gave a global perspective on the current economy, pointing out positive signs such as manufacturing and retail and weaker signs such a construction and unemployment.

About Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private, comprehensive four-year institution of 2,159 students offering active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery and community service.

Wingate offers 34 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, communication, education, fine arts, music and sport sciences. It also offers graduate degrees in accounting, business, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration. In addition, the school awards the Doctor of Pharmacy and the Doctor of Education degrees.

Bulldog student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past three years.

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