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Three pharmacy dean candidates invited to KU campus

Monday, April 15, 2019

The School of Pharmacy Building on KU's Lawrence CampusLAWRENCE — Three candidates will visit the University of Kansas in a bid to be the next dean of the School of Pharmacy. Members of the KU community are encouraged to attend public presentations during each candidate’s on-campus interview and provide feedback to the search committee.

The name of each candidate will be announced roughly one business day before their respective campus visits. Public presentations for each of the candidates have been scheduled for the following dates:

  • Candidate 1: 8:30-9:20 a.m. April 23, 1020 Pharmacy Building.
  • Candidate 2: 8:30-9:20 a.m. April 30, 1020 Pharmacy Building.
  • Candidate 3: 8:30-9:20 a.m. May 7, 1020 Pharmacy Building.

Candidates will present their vision for how to advance the stature and influence of the pharmacy school. A question-and-answer session will follow. Faculty and staff on the KU Medical Center campuses in Kansas City and Wichita will be able to participate through a special audio-video feed. The presentations will be recorded and available for viewing online after the final candidate has appeared on campus. Members of the campus community are encouraged to offer their impressions and observation of each candidate online. First review of feedback will begin after May 9 and will be accepted until May 20.

“The committee is confident we’ve identified top candidates who have the potential to take the School of Pharmacy to even greater levels of student, faculty research and practice achievement,” said Michael Branicky, professor of electrical engineering & computer science and former dean of engineering, who chairs the School of Pharmacy Dean Search Committee. “The school’s national stature drives home the importance of soliciting feedback from all areas of the university.”

About the School of Pharmacy

With a presence on three KU campuses — Lawrence, Kansas City and Wichita — the School of Pharmacy is the only such program in the state. In 2017, the school received more than $11 million in National Institutes of Health research funding, ranking fourth in the nation for such grants.

Approximately 150 candidates are accepted annually into the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) professional degree program after completing two years of pre-pharmacy coursework. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and students in the class of 2018 achieved a first-time pass rate of 100 percent on the North American Pharmacists Licensure Exam (NAPLEX).

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