UNC system President Erskine Bowles has decided not to recommend a new pharmacy school at UNC-Greensboro.
The news shocked the folks at UNCG, which has put on a big push for the school, saying it would provide a big spark to the local economy.
The Greensboro News & Record reports.
It would have been the second public university pharmacy school in the state, joining the one at UNC-Chapel Hill. Officials there had worried that a new pharmacy school would have made it too difficult to find training sites for a larger number of students.
Bowles is recommending that UNC-CH go forward with a distance education satellite pharmacy expansion linking with UNC-Asheville.
That plan has a far lower cost associated with it and will be patterned after an existing satellite program UNC-CH runs with Elizabeth City State University.