From the Dean

Dean Lynda WelageDear Alumni and Friends,

I want to thank you for the warm welcome as Dean of the College of Pharmacy. I am honored to have been selected to serve as Dean of one of the very best pharmacy schools in the nation.

Over the past several months, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with many of you and learning more about pharmacy practice in Minnesota. I am very eager to meet with more practitioners and hear your thoughts on the college and the practice in the state.

Over the next several months, I will be traveling around the state to meet as many people as I can. I will share the dates of these get-togethers as the details are confirmed. Please watch for an invitation soon in your inbox, and join us if your schedule allows.

One of my top goals as Dean is to work with you to develop new and enhance existing partnerships to further practice transformation and meet the health care needs of all Minnesotans, particularly those in rural and underserved areas. I’d also like to continue to build momentum in advancing our innovative models of education, and new discoveries and translational research.

Looking ahead, we at the college are excited to launch our new five-year strategic plan (www.pharmacy.umn.edu/about/mission-and-vision) that includes these goal areas: education (professional and graduate), research, practice, people and diversity, outreach/community engagement/global, resources and alumni affairs. We are now working to develop and implement specific strategies and tactics to meet these goals.

We are also excited to be a part of the largest philanthropic initiative in U of M history, Driven: The University of Minnesota Campaign. Our college-specific campaign focus is on our innovation and impact. You can learn more at z.umn.edu/givetopharmacy.

I would also like to share that we recently welcomed another exceptional class of incoming students, which you can learn more about on page 33. The Class of 2021 has much to offer each other, the College of Pharmacy, and the profession of pharmacy. Please join me in welcoming them.

Once again, thank you for your kind welcome. I look forward to becoming part of the Minnesota pharmacy community.

Thank you,

Lynda S. Welage, PharmD, FCCP 

pharm@umn.edu