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People gather under the Parkview North park pavilion for the groundbreaking for Manchester College's school of pharmacy on Thursday, with an artist's rendering of the finished building at left.

Manchester College breaks ground in Fort Wayne

Statement issued Thursday:

August 4, 2011, Fort Wayne, Ind.: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels joined Manchester College today to officially break ground for the College's new School of Pharmacy facility located on Diebold Road, near the intersection of Interstate 69 and Dupont Road. Other dignitaries speaking at the ceremony included State Senator David Long, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, Parkview Health CEO Mike Packnett, and Lutheran Health Network Senior Vice President Patti Hays. Construction of the new facility will be completed in summer 2012 at a cost of approximately $20 million.

The School of Pharmacy's first class of students will begin in August 2012 and it will eventually enroll 280 students in its four-year doctoral program. Manchester College will have the only School of Pharmacy in northern Indiana.

"We are grateful to everyone who has shared our vision for this new school and especially to the Lilly Endowment for their generous support that makes this facility possible," commented Manchester College President Jo Young Switzer. "We look forward to graduating pharmacists of ability and conviction who improve the human condition," she added.

A building of approximately 80,000 square feet will be located on an 11-acre campus. It will include technologically advanced lecture halls, creative spaces designed to enhance student collaboration and study, and state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories.

The Manchester College School of Pharmacy will support economic development in the region with a $5.5 million payroll, 50 employees including 40 faculty, and 70 graduating pharmacists per year, many of whom may remain to practice in northeastern Indiana. In addition to graduating highly prepared pharmacists, the Pharm.D. program promotes collaborative research efforts among area biomedical scientists, health care professionals and Manchester College School of Pharmacy faculty, enables new community and corporate outreach programs, and supports the growth of Fort Wayne's health care industry.

"Pharmacy is both a noble and fast-growing profession," said Governor Mitch Daniels. "Manchester will help us meet the rising demand for this highly skilled, well paid profession."

The School will offer evidence-based curriculum that meets the highest standards of the profession in biomedical, pharmaceutical, social, behavioral, and administrative sciences, and pharmacy practice. Real-world experiential learning will permeate the curriculum with expert preceptors providing professional guidance in local health care situations. The program will offer students a broad range of experiential placement opportunities within a variety of regional health care settings.

"With the construction of this facility, we are well on our way to enrolling our first class of students," said Dean Philip J. Medon. "Our graduates will represent the next generation of pharmacists—people who are service conscious, socially aware and use their critical thinking and problem solving skills for the welfare of humanity," he explained.

Design Collaborative is providing architectural services for the new building and Michael Kinder & Sons, Inc. is the general contractor.

Founded in 1889 Manchester College enrolls nearly 1,300 students in a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Maintaining campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Manchester College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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