Hello, Alumni

From the Desk of the Dean: July 2017 Update from Dean Schnellmann

When the UA College of Pharmacy was founded in 70 years ago in 1947, our impact on the health care of Arizona was immediate. Seventy years later, thanks to your generous support, our impact has continued to expand with a single goal in mind: improving health. Thanks to you, we are doing just that.

Today’s pharmacy profession is constantly evolving. The same is true for the College of Pharmacy. Our new “PharmD Forward” curriculum is providing our students with unprecedented opportunities to augment their pharmacy training with studies in fields like business and law. With more tools in their toolbox, they will be able to maintain a larger scope of practice and be more competitive in the job market. They will graduate prepared not only to move into existing career paths, but also into specialized areas of focus where well-rounded pharmacists are being recruited.

I am proud of our many alumni who have chosen to work in rural and other underserved communities. But additional funding is necessary to train more students in regions where health care professionals are critically needed. Students gain this exposure through programs like the Rural Health Professions program, which aims to provide pharmacy and other health professional students with training experiences in rural communities while addressing health related workforce shortages in rural areas. Our pharmacy students are prepared to work in these communities where they can help patients manage treatable conditions before they become serious medical emergencies.

Of course, research and collaboration are the foundation of pharmacy. The Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Center is the heart of research and collaboration at the College of Pharmacy. After 35 years, we are ready to expand our potential—and our footprint—to ensure we remain pioneers in research and drug discovery.

Our ambitious plans will create 31,500 square feet of modern laboratories and classrooms where students will become the next generation of pharmacists and research scientists. It will give our brilliant faculty and graduate students the best facilities to transform ideas into the game-changing discoveries that will lead to cures for cancer, heart disease, and liver disease. We will expand our toxicology research to find solutions to better understand and reduce the impact of toxic substances in our environment.

We are more than 70% of the way to our $31.5 million goal. Right now, gifts of all sizes to the Skaggs Challenge are being doubled to ensure that we will continue to lead drug discovery and research to improve health in Arizona.

Thank you for supporting the UA College of Pharmacy as we enter the next exciting chapter in our history!

Rick Schnellmann, PhD (UA ’84)
Dean, UA College of Pharmacy

Originally posted: August 29, 2013
Last updated: July 17, 2017
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