Manchester College seeks founding dean for its new School of Pharmacy

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

News release (Jan. 7, 2010)
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Manchester College has opened a nationwide search for a founding dean for its new School of Pharmacy. The four-year doctoral program will offer its first classes in fall 2012 – the first school for pharmacists in northern Indiana.

The founding dean will lead the accreditation process, recruit a leadership team and faculty, and lead curriculum development and fund-raising. The search committee hopes to interview finalists in late February and hire the new dean as soon as possible afterward, said Dave McFadden, executive vice president for the College.

“Who we hire as founding dean will be among the most important decisions we make as we launch this venture,” said McFadden. “That person will have an exceptional opportunity to build a distinctive new program.”

The School of Pharmacy – located in Fort Wayne – expects to enroll 265 students, with 30 faculty and 10 staff members. The school will work closely with health-care organizations in northeast Indiana, especially in providing practicum experience for the pharmacy students.

It is the independent College’s first doctoral program and first satellite campus. Manchester offers a two-year pre-pharmacy program on its North Manchester campus, a prerequisite for admission to the doctoral program. The Manchester doctoral program will welcome students from other pre-pharmacy programs.

“Our decision to start a School of Pharmacy is a direct outgrowth of our mission to graduate persons of ability and conviction, our long tradition of success in undergraduate science education, and our pursuit of opportunities to extend our strengths into new academic arenas,” said McFadden. Fund-raising is under way for the estimated $10 million in start-up costs.

Founding dean candidates must possess a doctoral degree, preferably in pharmacy and a record of pharmacy leadership, teaching, scholarship and service. For more about the Manchester College School of Pharmacy, visit

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