On October 14, James M. O’Donnell, PhD, announced his intention to step down as Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the end of this academic year. This announcement caps seven years of leadership with major accomplishments in increased federal funding, strategic faculty hires and significant improvement in U.S. News and World Report rankings, up from 22 to 14.
“It is a privilege to serve as dean and to work with exceptional faculty, staff, students and community partners,” O’Donnell said. “I am confident that we are among the elite schools of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, and will continue to excel in research and the education and training of outstanding pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.”
The university will begin the search process soon and plans to have new leadership determined by the end of the spring semester.
We welcomed 155 new students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Multiple virtual orientation programs were offered for doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students and pharmaceutical sciences undergraduate and graduate students. These programs officially welcomed new students to campus and provided an open forum for questions and discussion
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It is our intention to hold a combined 2020 and 2021 Alumni Reunion program, June 3-6, 2021 to recognize the following classes: 1956, 1960, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016.
In-person and virtual opportunities are being evaluated as we await further direction from the university. A formal announcement of plans is expected early 2021. Please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs for further information: email@example.com.
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James M. O’Donnell, PhD
Dean and Professor