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Ross University Hosts Luncheon to Update Community Leaders (VIDEO synopsis included)
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Oct 3, 2008 - 11:51:04 PM

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Grand Bahama Island – In an effort to keep community leaders updated on the progress and future development of the Ross University Bahamas campus, the president of Ross University, Dr. Thomas C. Shepherd hosted an informal luncheon at the Westin Hotel on Wednesday, October 1st

Accompanying Dr. Shepherd were senior members of his management team, those being Dr. Nancy Perri, Vice-President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Mary Coleman, Dean, Ross University School of Medicine; Sandi Cutler, Vice President for Planning and Business Development; and Dr. John Daley, Campus Administrator.

Approximately 40 invited guests were in attendance to listen to a brief progress report by Dr. Shepherd, who touched upon the construction at Seahorse Plaza, which happens to be ahead of schedule; their hiring progress, which is in full swing with over 4000 applications to Ross job postings thus far; and the recent launch of their housing registry to ensure their students, faculty and staff are well settled in prior to classes commencing in January.  

Dr. Shepherd was quoted in saying, “We got here today, through the extraordinary contributions and efforts of many people – including many in the room. I asked everyone here today to say thank you, to share the good news, so that you can look at each other, and with us feel good about what we are creating together.”

Dr. Thomas Shepherd, president of Ross University hosted a luncheon on October 1st at The Westin at Our Lucaya to show appreciation and advise community leaders of the progress and developments of the Ross medical school in Grand Bahama. Photo: Robbin Whachell

“In just two months since our announcement, we have come to know this community, its people, and its resources even more deeply. We have just begun to begin. We need your help – not only to succeed in our work, but in helping us be an important part of the community as a whole.”

“In January we will open our doors, and Ross University will have completed the first phase of its history in Grand Bahama. Over the next year Ross enrollment will grow steadily, a little more each semester. In about 18 months we will begin construction of our new campus, and over this time we will hire additional staff, including many additional local residents.”

“In January will be able to say, this is a modest example of what we can accomplish, of what Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, and the nation of The Bahamas can accomplish when we work together,” completed Dr. Shepherd.


Sir Albert Miller, Rick Hayward, Terrance Gape, Dr. Thomas Shepard, president Ross University; Sen. Kay Forbes-Smith; Sen. David Thompson; and Gregory Moss, president GB Chamber of Commerce. Photo: Robbin Whachell

From left to right: William Poiter, Customs Dept.; Ms. Beneby, Customs Dept.; Dr. George Charite, Medical/Dental Assoc. and Bahamas Red Cross; Cheryl Bain, Hosp. Authority; Dr. Nancy Perri, Ross University; Sharon Williams, Administrator, Hospital Authority; Dr. Greg Bartlett, Hospital Authority; Wellington Moultrie, Junkanoo Committee, Terrance Roberts, Min. of Tourism; and Dillon Knowles, GB DEVCO. Photo: Robbin Whachell

From left to right: Janet Albury, V.I.P. Services; Cecil Thompson, Min. of Education; Jeritzan Outten, Min. of Tourism; Dr. Mary Coleman, Ross University; Dr. Coralee Kelly, COB; Damaris Thompson, Min of Education; and Raymond Jones, Hutchison Whampoa. Photo: Robbin Whachell

Phillip Franks, City of Freeport Council; E.O. Ferrell, GB Power; Alvin Smith, City of Freeport Council; Wolfgang Geiger, ABC Construction; Ginger Moxey, GBPA; Fausteen Major-Smith, Dept. of Immigration; Charles Frith, Bayshore Realty; John Ghallagher, ABC Construction; and Dr. John Daley, Ross University. Photo: Robbin Whachell


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