Rick Schnellmann joined the UA College of Pharmacy as dean Aug. 1. In this first Bulletin since his arrival, he shares a few thoughts with employees and students.
I want first to thank everyone who has made me so welcome during my first weeks here. As you know, this is a homecoming for me. As a doctoral student here in the 1980s, I had to work very hard but had some amazing experiences, learning from extraordinary mentors and enjoying true camaraderie with fellow students. My years here were the foundation of my professional success and it is very special to be back. I want to help make the learning experiences here just as wonderful for all our current students as they were for me.
Last week I urged our incoming PharmD class to explore the many learning options they will encounter while here and pledged to them that we as a college will continue to create more opportunities so that they may increase their universe of knowledge through diverse experiences. I want that same possibility for those of us who serve as staff.
We've just launched our initial group of Phoenix-based first-year PharmD students. Even though I was not part of its planning, I recognize what a significant achievement this expansion of the professional program to the state capital city is. I can't wait to see what new doors will open for us from having a robust group of students and faculty in another location.
We have other important milestones in our immediate future. We are searching for the director of the Center for Toxicology and will begin the search for the chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in September. As we receive the results of our re-accreditation evaluation and bring on new faculty and board members, we will have many chances to examine "what is" and ask ourselves "what could be." I am confident that working together we will find new and invigorating avenues for scholarship, research and teaching.
As I told faculty at a recent meeting, I'm sure I will stumble occasionally along the way to these new adventures. So I count on all of you to let me know if I'm veering off course. Listening and learning and marching together, I think our journey will be awesome. Let's go.