From the Dean

Dear Alumni and Friends,

From the DeanAs I shared in my last Dean’s column, I have spent the past several months meeting with many different groups — faculty, staff, students, practitioners and alumni throughout the state – to hear your thoughts on the college and pharmacy practice in Minnesota. I shared an overview of what I heard with faculty in February and am now working on how best to address some of the challenges and opportunities you conveyed.

The information I learned in my “listening sessions” will help shape our five-year strategic plan. A collegiate retreat will be held later this spring to start drilling down on who we are and in what direction we want to move.

My goal is to create a strategic plan that is bold in vision and articulates how the college can serve as a hub for catalyzing practice and leading in educational innovation through collaboration, partnerships and expanded research. There will be opportunities for you to provide input on our strategic plan and direction — I hope you will take time to share your thoughts during this process.

My goal is to create a strategic plan that is bold in vision and articulates how the college can serve as a hub for catalyzing practice and leading in educational innovation through collaboration and partnerships.

In addition to meeting with so many people and finding my way around the state, you might wonder what else I’ve been doing since becoming Dean.

I have been learning about the college’s rich history as we have been gearing up to celebrate our 125th anniversary throughout the year. We will have many events and opportunities to celebrate and honor our outstanding alumni, faculty, staff and students. I hope to see you at these events (get upto-date event details at www.pharmacy. umn.edu/news).

I want to thank you for sharing your stories about your time at the college, and helping me better understand how the college has played a significant role in pharmacy practice in Minnesota and beyond. Your input is extremely important to me personally and to the college as we continue to strive for excellence in our teaching, research, practice and outreach.

Thank you,

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Lynda S. Welage, PharmD, FCCP
pharm@umn.edu