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Manchester College searches for new pharmacy dean

Statement issued Thursday:

Manchester College will begin a nationwide search immediately for a new dean for its School of Pharmacy, President Jo Young Switzer announced today.

Philip J. Medon, vice president and founding dean of the new school, has resigned for health reasons. During the search for a replacement, College Executive Vice President Dave McFadden, who has served an integral role in conception of the School, will serve as interim dean. He will work closely with three associate deans.

“We are grateful that Dean Medon has led the School of Pharmacy through several significant stages in its growth since his arrival in 2010,” said President Switzer. “He has hired an exceptional team of faculty and administrators and the accreditation agency has expressed confidence with the leadership transition plan we have put in place.” Medon joined the College in May 2010.

The School already has 23 faculty members for its four-year professional doctoral program. The pharmacy leadership also already has secured hundreds of experiential opportunities for the pharmacy students in northeast Indiana.

Classes will begin in August 2012 for about 70 students in a $20 million state-of-the-art learning and research facility under construction on the north side of Fort Wayne, near Interstate 69 and Dupont Road. By the fourth year of the Pharm.D. program, enrollment is expected to exceed 260 students.

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