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Throwback: 1997


Construction is not new to Ketchum University. On May 15, 1997, the groundbreaking for Building A and the parking garage began at 2:30 p.m. The library moved into Building A on May 18, 1998, and a temporary use permit from the City of Fullerton allowed guests to park in the parking garage for the inauguration ceremony of Lesley L. Walls, OD, MD, DOS, on Saturday, April 25, and for commencement on May 15, 1998. Today, students from all three Colleges utilize these facilities while yet another construction project is taking place at the former home of the University Eye Center at Fullerton.

An expansion effort in 2016 allowed the University to move its clinical services to an 80,000-square-foot off-site facility in Anaheim Hills, known as Ketchum Health. The move has allowed Ketchum University to advance on a variety of renovations to the former campus eye care center. It opens up space for the Health Professions Building, a progressive academic environment for interprofessional education, which is transforming the student experience at Ketchum University. Optometrists, PAs and pharmacists will learn together in both flipped and traditional classroom settings with access to simulation equipment, expanded practice exam rooms and shared social spaces like the new second-floor student lounge.