Manchester's executive vice president will lead its School of Pharmacy

Note: Manchester changed its name to Manchester University and the College of Pharmacy on July 1, 2012.

News release (May 4, 2012)

Ending a nationwide search, Manchester College is turning to Executive Vice President Dave McFadden as its new dean for the School of Pharmacy.

McFadden, who was influential in establishment of the professional Doctor of Pharmacy program in Fort Wayne, has served as interim dean for five months. Founding Dean Phil Medon resigned in November for health reasons.

“Dave was at the forefront in our thinking and planning for the Pharmacy School and has immersed himself in learning about pharmacy for the past five years,” said President Jo Young Switzer in announcing the appointment, effective May 4. “He worked with the core team that developed the successful $35 million grant proposal for the College of Pharmacy to Lilly Endowment Inc.”

Pharmacy classes begin Aug. 13 on the new Manchester campus in north Fort Wayne. Working from a national pool of 470 applicants, Manchester is within a week of filling its first class of 70 students for the four-year program.

McFadden has more than 20 years of higher education leadership experience. At Manchester, he has led enrollment, strategic planning and marketing initiatives, as well as the name change to University scheduled for July 1. He has served as interim dean of academic affairs and assistant professor of political science. The 1982 graduate of Manchester College holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University.

A search committee reviewed a strong pool of applicants and brought two finalists to the campuses. Afterward, both the committee and Manchester’s national pharmacy consultant recommended McFadden assume the position. McFadden will continue as executive vice president, retaining an office on the North Manchester campus but spending the majority of his time in Fort Wayne.

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