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About the School
How old is the School of Pharmacy? Who founded it? - Top
The UW School of Pharmacy was founded in fall 1946 under the leadership of the first dean, David W. O'Day, as part of an expansion of university offerings by UW President George Duke Humphrey following World War II. (For more information, please see the 60th anniversary history article starting on page 4 of the 2006-2007 Wyoming Scripts).
Where was it first located? - Top
The pharmacy program was housed in Merica Hall, the former women's dormitory just east of Old Main. Merica Hall was then called the Merica Pharmacy Building.
How old is the present building? - Top
The present building was completed in 1969 and is now located in the north wing of the newly upgraded $20 million Health Sciences Center which opened its doors to students in fall 2005.
When did the first class graduate? - Top
The school started with a student body of 23 students in 1946. The first class graduated in 1950.
The school has graduated a class every year other than 1999 during the transition from the B.S.P. degree to the Pharm.D. degree.
What are the names of the deans and what years did they serve as dean? - Top
David W. O'Day, Ph.D. (1946 - 1966)
Jack N. Bone, Ph.D. (1966 - 1984)
Robert B. Nelson, Ph.D. (Interim Dean 1984 - 1985 and again in 1997)
H. John Baldwin, Ph.D. (1985 - 2001)
Paul L. Ranelli, Ph.D. (2001 - 2003)
John H. Vandel, B.S.P. (Interim Dean 2003 - 2004; Dean 2004 - 2012)
- Linda Gore Martin, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS (2013 - present)
What degrees are offered? - Top
The school began offering a four-year bachelor of science degree and has grown into a six-year doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program with 52 students in each class.
How many graduates have earned the Pharm.D. degree? - Top
The first Pharm.D. class (Doctor of Pharmacy) graduated in 2000. As of May 2012, there have been 602 graduates with a Pharm.D. degree.
How many total graduates has the school had? - Top
As of May 2012, there have been 2,073 graduates.
Is the school accredited? - Top
University of Wyoming’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.
What are the school's vision, mission and values statements? - Top
The vision of the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy is to be sought after for the unique opportunities afforded by our high-quality pharmacy program.
The mission of the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy is to develop pharmacy practitioners, conduct research, participate in scholarly activity, and provide service to improve medication use and overall health in frontier, rural and urban communities by
Providing and sustaining knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors and values necessary to develop outstanding pharmacists capable of delivering patient-centered care in a rural-frontier environment;
Promoting professional development through a commitment to life-long learning;
Achieving recognition for innovation or leadership in teaching, service, research, and practice;
Promoting excellence in the practice of pharmacy by being agents of positive change;
Providing service to health care providers, health care systems, and patients to promote excellence in health care.
Statement of Values
The UW School of Pharmacy community is committed to supporting and promoting individual and collective excellence in teaching, research, service and pharmacy practice. We value responsibility, compassion, respect, and integrity in all endeavors.
Which graduates have been selected as the School of Pharmacy Outstanding Alumni? - Top
2005 - Linda L. Wells - Class of 1970
2006 - Kevin H. Tripp - Class of 1978
2007 - Marilyn H. Mitchell-Deiss - Class of 1956
2008 - Robert Abramowitz - Class of 1976
2009 - Theodore (Ted) L. Hoy - Class of 1950
2010 - Colonel (Ret.) Ardis J. Meier - Class of 1977
2011 - Scot Silber - Class of 1982
2012 - Kenneth F. Witzeling - Class of 1951