By:  Vicki L. Nisbett

President Garrey Carruthers of New Mexico State University and Executive Chairman Daniel Burrell of Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Mon., April 27, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Arrowhead Park.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez joined Carruthers, Burrell and honored guests in leading the groundbreaking, marking the construction of the for-profit, privately funded medical school, of which the initial capital investment is about $85 million.

Partnering with NMSU for a variety of student services, BCOM will lease the Arrowhead Park land long-term for the 79,000-square-foot medical school building.

Providing much needed new jobs, workforce development opportunities, and more accessible healthcare for New Mexicans, the new medical school will help boost New Mexico’s economy.

At the groundbreaking, guests were first entertained by Fernando Cellicion, a renowned native flute player, along with the internationally recognized Cellicion Zuni Dancers.

After the initial festivities, the groundbreaking program commenced, followed by a reception with mariachi entertainment at the Arrowhead Park site, located at the northeast corner of Wells Street and Arrowhead Drive.

“Para la gente y el futuro! – For the people and the future!” was the theme of the groundbreaking celebration, and this future begins now.