Dr. Raylene Rospond joined Manchester University in July 2014 as the Vice President and Dean of the College of Pharmacy. As the chief administrative and academic officer for the College, she is responsible for uniting and inspiring administrators, faculty, staff, preceptors and students toward achievement of the mission and goals of both the University and College. She has led the pharmacy program through a successful extension of candidate accreditation status, development of a Master’s program in pharmacogenomics, and most recently supporting the President and Board of Trustees through an institutional restructuring process that resulted in her assuming a new role as Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Dean of the College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences in July 2015.
Dr. Rospond has over 25 years of academic experience in clinical practice, didactic and experiential teaching, scholarship and administration. Prior to coming to Manchester University she served as the Deputy Provost at Drake University following ten years as the Dean of Drake’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Under her leadership as Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Drake University, the College enhanced its US News rankings, implemented a new degree program, initiated an emphasis on entrepreneurship, committed to enhanced professional involvement, doubled its endowment, renovated half and added an atrium to its physical plant, enhanced resources to support student scholarships, awards and professional travel, established its first endowed chair, and in conjunction with the Iowa Pharmacy Association and the University of Iowa established the Collaborative Education Institute which is committed to continual professional development of practicing pharmacists, students and preceptors.
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. Dr. Rospond earned her B.S. in Pharmacy from Creighton University and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in conjunction with the completion of her residency in hematology/oncology.