SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 16, 2018 — Drury University is set to sign the lease on its new location in Houston, Missouri, on Thursday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m. The university’s new campus at 204 W. Spruce Street will be officially open for business on June 1, and will offer evening classes soon thereafter. The campus will have its own dedicated staff of academic advisors and recruiters, and will hold regular business hours for interested students.
As a result of the opening in Houston, Drury will close its campus in nearby Cabool, Missouri, at the end of the spring 2018 semester.
“We are grateful for the three decades of support from the Cabool community,” says Jana Neiss, dean of Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies. “Many outstanding successes can be attributed to this partnership. We look forward with great anticipation for the opportunities that await us in Houston.”
Degree programs previously offered in Cabool will now be offered in Houston, including the university’s popular Health Dual Degree programs in nursing and health services management. These programs are made possible through a collaboration with Cox College.
“Having Drury University move to Houston gives us an opportunity to have exposure to future nurses,” says Wes Murray, administrator of Texas County Hospital. “We need all the support we can to help keep them here locally.”
Other popular programs to be offered in Houston include bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in business administration, emergency management, psychology, and organizational communication and development. These programs can be completed through a combination of evening and online classes or can be completed entirely online.
Don Tottingham, mayor of Houston, says there was a severe lack of and strong need for higher education opportunities in his city, which is the seat of Texas County, Missouri. He sees Drury’s new campus opening as an opportunity for all of the city’s residents to improve their job opportunities, and their lives.
“It means a lot for both the young and old residents of the city,” he says.
Tona Bowen, Houston city administrator, says the new campus in town will be especially important for young adults and high school graduates interested in going to college but hesitant to leave home.
“This directly impacts our youth. It gives them the opportunity to attend a university and stay at home,” she says. “In the long run it will provide better opportunities for our young people because they will be more educated.”
Looking toward the long-term economic impact of Drury’s Houston campus, Bowen says that a better educated workforce will bring new companies to the community offering new job opportunities.
“It will better our community as a whole,” she says. “College isn’t for everybody, but for those that are interested in attending college, this is important. It will have a great economic impact on Houston. When people are educated, it brings more and different jobs to the city.”
Allen Moss, superintendent of the Houston R-1 School District, says there is a distinct need for higher education for not only the residents of Houston, but for the region.
“Just to have Drury’s presence here is big,” he says. “It means a lot for the education of our area since we are one of the 10 most under-educated communities and counties in the state.”
Bowen envisions a long and lasting partnership between Drury and the city of Houston, adding that the future for both look bright.
“We really look forward to our long-term relationship with Drury. We look forward to growing together,” she says.
For more information on Drury’s branch campuses and its evening and online programs offered through the College of Continuing Professional Studies, visit: https://www.dury.edu/ccps.