The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 24, 2013

Joplin once again eyed by medical school

By Debby Woodin

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin is being considered as a site for a satellite campus of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. A decision on whether it will establish a school here is to be made in April.

Lisa Cambridge, director of public relations for KCUMB, said today that two people scouted Joplin last week on behalf of a task force the university has established on the question of whether to locate here.

“They were in Joplin looking at the possible options there are for any expansion of the KCUMB campus,” she said.

They visited Missouri Southern State University, met with the city’s contracted master developer, David Wallace, and visited with civic and business leaders, Cambridge said.

Pat Lipira, vice president of academic affairs at MSSU, said today, “The purpose of the trip was that they are doing a study to see if it would be feasible to have a satellite school here and, if so, where — on our campus or elsewhere.”

Wallace, chief executive officer of Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, told the City Council on Jan. 14 that he was to make a presentation the next day to a school in regard to a proposal to build an education campus downtown. His firm has proposed to construct a medical school at Fourth and Main streets if the Joplin Public Library is moved to 20th Street and Connecticut Avenue.

Wallace could not be reached Thursday morning for comment.

KCUMB had previously held discussions with MSSU in 2009 and 2010 but those talks halted when a site for the medical school could not be agreed upon.