HPU will add football, but new arena for basketball and pharmacy school will come first as part of $2.1 billion expansion

High Point University president Nido Qubein says, football is “Inevitable”, but he is asking community leaders to find the school land to build on.

Major announcements today in High Point courtesy of www.myfox8.com:

HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) – High Point University announced on Wednesday the school will be adding a pharmacy school, building a new state-of-the-art arena and will invest $2.1 billion in the university over the next 10 years.

High Point University President Nido Qubein announced the school will add a School of Health Sciences. The program will include Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and College of Pharmacy programs.

Since 2005, the school has invested $300 million in the university. Qubein said the school plans to invest an additional $2.1 billion over the next 10 years, including a state-of-the-art athletic arena that will seat 5,500 people. Construction on the arena is not expected to start before 2013.

Qubein also announced the school will add a men’s lacrosse program. He added football is “Inevitable”, but he is asking community leaders to find the school land to build on.

Qubein said the school also wants to make 5th Street a part of campus, if the city council approves the request. Construction could begin as early as next April. He also said the school will build a new $30 million library sometime in the next 5-6 years. Qubein said the current library is “too small.”

Qubein said the school will not borrow any money to make the expansions. The school currently has 3,300 undergraduates but expects to have over 5,000 undergraduates by 2017.

The announcements were made at a Community Leaders Luncheon on Wednesday. The school’s board of trustees and city leaders attended the luncheon.