Pharmacy: Dean accepts MCV Foundation’s Irby Award

William Kotti (right) congratulates Dean Victor Yanchick.

William Kotti (right) congratulates Dean Victor Yanchick.

Virginia Commonwealth University’s MCV Foundation has presented its 2014 Robert Irby Award for MCV Campus Faculty Volunteer to School of Pharmacy Dean Victor A. Yanchick.

The award was established in 2001 to honor the memory of Robert Irby, a rheumatologist who was as devoted to securing financial support for the MCV Campus as he was to his patients and colleagues. The award was presented May 12 at the MCV Foundation Board of Trustees’ annual dinner at the Country Club of Virginia.

Sheldon Retchin (H.S.’79/M), senior vice president for health sciences and CEO of the VCU Health System, introduced Yanchick and made the award. During the dean’s 18-year tenure, Retchin noted, the VCU School of Pharmacy’s enrollment, research and community outreach all have expanded.

“Under his leadership and foresight,” Retchin said, “the school not only made the curricular transition but restructured, updated its facilities and technology and expanded its reach into both Charlottesville and Northern Virginia to allow for the growth of both faculty and the student body.”

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