June 24, 2005
ULM Creates College of Pharmacy
and Acquires New Facility
For Immediate Release
To: News Directors and News Editors
From: Veronika Avery, Assistant Director of Media Relations,
Sue Edmunds, Assistant Vice President for External
With the blessing of the Board of Regents,
the University of Louisiana at Monroe is poised to create a new
College of Pharmacy. The existing pharmacy program and the department
of toxicology will spin off from the College of Health Sciences
to form the new College of Pharmacy. The college will also include
the Louisiana Drug and Poison Information Center, the Office
of Outcomes Research and Evaluation and the Louisiana Medicaid
Prior Approval and Disease Management Office. The reorganization
was approved by the University of Louisiana System Board of Regents
at their June 24th board meeting.
Dr. Lamar Pritchard, who currently serves as Dean for the College
of Health Sciences, will become Dean for the College of Pharmacy.
Pritchard said that he is excited about the reorganization.
"It will allow me the opportunity to dedicate more time
to our pharmacy program and to help take the College of Pharmacy
to the next plateau," Pritchard added. "The reorganization
represents a major commitment by President Cofer, Provost Richters,
the University of Louisiana System President and Board of Supervisors
to the ULM Pharmacy Program," he added.
The ULM pharmacy curriculum was first established in 1956 and
shortly thereafter was granted full accreditation by the American
Council on Pharmaceutical Education. The Master of Science degree
was added in the fall of 1966 and the Doctor of Philosophy degree
was added three years later. In 1998, the Louisiana Board of
Regents approved the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program as a replacement
for the original Bachelor of Science. The Louisiana legislature
recently approved an additional $2 million for the ULM pharmacy
program. The additional funds will be used to retain and hire
new faculty for the pharmacy program.
The redesigned College of Health Sciences will include Clinical
Laboratory Science, the Department of Communicative Disorders,
the Department of Dental Hygiene, the School of Nursing, the
Radiologic Technology Program, Occupational Therapy, Louisiana
Tumor Registry, Student Health Service, and the Louisiana Cancer
Research Institute. . President Jim Cofer will appoint an interim
dean for the College of Health Sciences soon.
The reorganization coincides with ULM's purchase of the former
State Farm facility on Bienville Street in Monroe. Once renovated,
the building will house the college of pharmacy, the Louisiana
Drug and Poison Information Center and the Office of Outcomes
Research and Evaluation. Additional space is available in the
facility to provide the opportunity for the College of Pharmacy
to collaborate with the pharmaceutical Industry on various research
projects. The Department of Toxicology, one of only seven programs
in the country, will remain in Sugar Hall on the main ULM campus.
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