Message from the dean:
Happy New Year!
It is hard to believe that it has been six months since I joined VCU as the dean of the School of Pharmacy. I have been truly honored by the warmth and confidence with which I have been greeted. MCV and VCU alumni as well as faculty and students are a committed and passionate group of people, and Cecily and I are delighted to be among you.
Thank you for the support you have given the school over the past year. Your contributions have really made a difference. We distributed $700,000 in scholarships to Pharm.D. students this winter. Scholarship dollars reward our best and brightest students and help us to recruit the most competitive applicants.
We have also been growing the faculty. Contributions to Vic Yanchick’s retirement gala have helped to create a professorship in geriatric pharmacy, which will enhance our already successful geriatric pharmacy program. We are also interviewing for a director of the Center for Compounding Practice and Research and hope to have an innovative leader directing that initiative in the near future. Growth in funded research and the graduate program has created the need for a dean of research and graduate programs, and that search is underway. Hopefully, it will be filled in the very near future.
I am really pleased to share with you that VCU was awarded the 2014 C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award for the Pharmacist Collaborative Care and Outreach in the Community program in the School of Pharmacy. This national award is presented annually by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in recognition of outstanding community outreach and engagement partnership efforts by a four-year public university. PCOC initiatives are integrated with service-learning courses, advanced pharmacy practice experiences, electives and interprofessional education experiences and demonstrate the immediate impact our faculty and students are having on the Richmond community.
Much of my focus over the next few years will be on growth in private philanthropy, and I will need your help. We need to secure funding for endowed professorships and chairs to grow key programs. I will focus particularly on pharmacy practice transformation as well as drug discovery and medical chemistry, clinical translational sciences, health systems and outcomes, and pharmaceutical drug development.
VCU School of Pharmacy has everything that is expected of a top pharmacy program, starting with faculty members who are among the best in the world and leaders in their clinical and scientific disciplines. I plan to do all that I can to enhance the quality of education and scholarship in the School of Pharmacy. I hope you consider joining me in this effort.
Joseph T. DiPiro, Pharm.D.
Dean, VCU School of Pharmacy
Archie O. McCalley Chair