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Manchester names Rospond as department chair, associate dean in Pharmacy Programs

Raylene-RospondFORT WAYNE, Ind. – Raylene Rospond is the new chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Manchester University.

She replaces Michael B. Bottorff, who retired.

Rospond is also serving in the newly created position of associate dean of clinical affairs and outreach.

“In this role, she is helping us advance our strategic priority involving patient-centered care. In many ways, we are looking to Raylene to assist with practice transformation in our region and building relationships with area prescribers to promote the value of pharmacists,” said W. Thomas Smith, dean of Pharmacy Programs at Manchester.

As associate dean, she leads strategic direction of the Office of Experiential Education, which ensures that students are exposed to a variety of pharmacy settings and are prepared to enter practice in their chosen area of interest. Manchester's comprehensive experiential education curriculum exceeds national requirements for pharmacy practice experience.

The Fort Wayne resident joined Manchester in 2014.

Her many contributions in Pharmacy Programs include implementing a new degree program in pharmacogenomics, initiating an emphasis on entrepreneurship, doubling the endowment and – in conjunction with the Iowa Pharmacy Association and the University of Iowa – establishing the Collaborative Education Institute committed to continual professional development of practicing pharmacists, students and preceptors. She also played a key role in a recent University-wide institutional restructuring process.

Rospond has more than 25 years of academic experience in clinical practice, didactic and experiential teaching, scholarship and administration. Before to coming to Manchester, she served as deputy provost at Drake University following 10 years as the dean of Drake’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

She began her academic career at Creighton University, establishing an innovative oncology practice, an oncology residency program and an active research agenda through her work as associate director of Research at the Creighton Cancer Center. She has received numerous recognitions, including the AACP Innovations in Teaching Award, being recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and receiving the Robert G. Gibbs Distinguished Pharmacy Award by the Iowa Pharmacy Association.

Rospond earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Creighton University and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

August 2020