News release (February 24, 2014)Manchester’s new Pharmacy dean
is Raylene Rospond of Drake

A strategic, collaborative leader with deep experience in pharmacy education is the next dean of Manchester University’s College of Pharmacy.

Raylene Rospond, deputy provost of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, will join Manchester University as vice president and dean on June 30, announced MU President Jo Young Switzer. Rospond succeeds Dean Dave McFadden, who assumes the presidency of the University on July 1.

“Raylene Rospond comes to Manchester University College of Pharmacy with years of successful teaching and administration,” said Switzer. “She is a good fit for Manchester’s Mission and strategic plan. She is highly respected both in pharmacy accreditation and in regional accreditation.”

At Drake, Rospond led strategic plans that gained re-accreditation of the pharmacy program, new laboratories and enhanced physical facilities. During her leadership, Drake doubled the endowment and scholarships and transformed the curriculum for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

“This opportunity allows me to aid the Manchester pharmacy faculty who are building a distinctive pharmacy program while working strategically and collaboratively across the University to develop programs and initiatives that will contribute to the on-going vitality of those serving northeast Indiana,” said Rospond.

The four-year, professional Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is in the process of enrolling its third class on its state-of-the-art campus in north Fort Wayne.

Rospond earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy at Creighton University and her Pharm.D. at the University of Texas. She served as associate professor, associate dean and chair of pharmacy practice at Drake before becoming dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Services in 2003. She became deputy provost in June 2013.

Manchester began a national search for a new Pharmacy dean after the Board of Trustees announced last October that McFadden would become the new president of the University. President Switzer plans to retire on June 30.

The MU College of Pharmacy has “candidate accreditation” from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) – affirmation that it is expected to mature into a fully accredited program that will qualify its first graduates in spring 2016 to take state Board of Pharmacy exams.

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