A. Jay Gandolfi, who began his journey with the University of Arizona more than 34 years ago, will retire on Dec. 14, 2012. Gandolfi learned this fall that he has been granted emeritus status upon his retirement in recognition of his contributions to the university. Emeritus status allows a retired college professor to retain his or her title as an honor.
While Gandolfi will continue to be active on science advisory boards and still assist with grant submissions, he hopes to fill his upcoming spare time with activities such as fishing and horseback riding. He also looks forward to spending more time with family, especially his four grandkids, who range in age from 11 years to 6 months.
Gandolfi, professor and associate dean in the College of Pharmacy, started at the UA in February of 1978 in the College of Medicine. There he worked in the Department of Anesthesiology, researching the side effects of anesthesia. Gandolfi spent 22 years with COM, where he was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor in 1985 and to full professor in 1989.
Gandolfi was hired by the College of Pharmacy in January of 1999 as the assistant dean of research and graduate studies. When asked what he viewed as his two greatest accomplishments at the college, Gandolfi gave these examples:
- “The continued renewals of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences sponsored Superfund Program, Toxicology Center and Toxicology Training Grant, because these sponsored projects reflect the excellent toxicology programs we have at the University of Arizona.”
- “The unification of the college’s graduate programs into a cohesive administrative unit. The college’s graduate programs are nationally recognized and the graduates of these programs have made major contributions to pharmaceutical sciences, and to the fields of pharmacology and toxicology. I am extremely proud of our doctoral and master’s graduates.”
“I came into UA in the 1970s when there was a burst of growth in the university and a lot of programs started. I feel I have been able to ride this wave of energy throughout my UA career,” he says.
While with the COP, Gandolfi has been an adviser to 24 PhD students in the pharmacology and toxicology program, 26 MS students in toxicology and 12 postdoctoral students. He has also taken part in 141 graduate student committees.
Gandolfi looks forward to retirement, but wants to continue his involvement at the COP.
“As an emeritus professor, I hope to remain active with the college and university and to be involved with new projects that can use my coordination and research skills,” says Gandolfi.
Gandolfi and his wife will go to New Zealand to celebrate their retirement. After they return, there will be a college event on Friday, March 1, 2013, to commemorate his service to the college.
Story by Rebecca Wingate