Asbury Hall Package

Southern Miss officials, faculty and students witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 17. for the new nursing building, Asbury Hall.


The new 81,000 square foot building will contain three floors. The first floor will serve as a dining area for the nursing students, similar in nature to the Agora in the International Building. The second floor will feature a high-profile skills lab and student engagement center and faculty and staff will be situated on the third.

“This has been an eight-year journey,” said College of Nursing Dean Katherine Nugent. “I remember being told a new building for the College of Nursing was not going to happen. People who know me also know that I’m not the most patient person. Well, here we are.”

With the new additions, it will increase nursing enrollment from 550 students to more than 800, create new programs in the program using student interactive sessions, clinical simulation labs, computer labs, and state-of-the-art classrooms allowing students to gain a quality education in an interactive learning environment.

The nursing program is widely respected and University President Rodney Bennett believes the new building will continue to provide countless opportunities for students.

“How exciting it is to offer students an opportunity to learn and thrive in a customized facility that promises such a bright future in nursing education.”

In January, 2012 the USM Foundation announced an $8 million fundraising campaign to help build the new facility. The Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg made $4 million contribution, leading to the name of the new building.

Workers began construction on the facility in June 2014 and university officials believe the building will be completed summer 2016.