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School of Pharmacy|College of Health Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions

About the School

How old is the School of Pharmacy? Who founded it?

Where was it first located?

How old is the present building?

When did the first class graduate?

What are the names of the deans and what years did they serve as dean?

What degrees are offered?

How many graduates have earned the Pharm.D. degree?

How many total graduates has the school had?

Is the school accredited?

What are the school's vision, mission and values statements?

Which graduates have been selected as the School of Pharmacy Outstanding Alumni?

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.

 A photo of Merica Hall.

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.

A photo of the east side of the Pharmacy Building.   A photo of the west side of the CHS Building

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 2013, there have been 643 graduates with a Pharm.D. degree.

How many total graduates has the school had? - Top

As of May 2013, there have been 2,114 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

Vision

The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy will be nationally recognized through innovative teaching, research and pharmacy practice that develops scholar-practitioners and substantively enhances the health and well-being of the communities we serve.

Mission

The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy exists to advance the educational and professional development of our students, generate and translate scientific findings into meaningful innovations in healthcare, and positively impact the health and well-being of the communities we serve. We accomplish this through:

  • Innovative, interdisciplinary and interprofessional programs that integrate teaching, research and pharmacy practice

  • The development of scholar-practitioners capable of leading and embracing change and substantively enhancing health outcomes

  • Individualized, faculty-led student educational experiences.

As a result, we will attract, recognize and retain the very best students, faculty and staff to drive the success of the School.

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.

Goals of the School of Pharmacy

The goals of the School of Pharmacy are those of the University, as they apply to the School
•    Prepared students
•    Academic excellence
•    Statewide engagement

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

2013 - Richard R. Wilder - Class of 1950

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