Gannon University Continues Its 90-Year Tradition of Success, Opening a New Campus In Ruskin, Florida

Ruskin Ribbon CuttingPosted: August 19, 2015

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

The Florida campus, located between Tampa and Sarasota on the western shore of Tampa Bay, is an innovative response to the increasing demand for high-quality graduate education in disciplines that serve the rapidly expanding healthcare sector of the Florida economy.

Currently, the campus offers a program leading to an occupational therapy doctorate (OTD). It is one of only three such AOTA-accredited programs to offer the OTD degree in Florida, America's third most populous state.

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.

The Ruskin campus opens opportunities for Gannon University students, prospective students and faculty to help meet the need for health professionals in a state where the population of both older persons and school-age persons is growing.

"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," said Keith Taylor, Ph.D., president of Gannon University. "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, Florida."

The additional site was also chosen for its congruence with Gannon University's Mission and Catholic Identity. The University was encouraged to find open and eager partners within the Ruskin community, the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg and at potential sites for clinical and field placements.

Gannon University anticipates that when students return to the flagship Erie campus next week, enrollment will exceed 4,450 students. That would bring total enrollment to the highest level in 25 years at a time when many colleges and universities in the northeast are facing enrollment declines.