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