UI Pharmacy College Makes Some Leadership Changes

By Diane Heldt, Reporter

University of Iowa professor Ben Hunnicutt gives a lecture to his Historical and Philosophical Perspectives of Leisure class Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008 on the lawn in front of the Old Capitol building on the UI campus in Iowa City. Hunnicutt said he moved the class outside after his students suggested it because it was such a beautiful day. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

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IOWA CITY -- The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy has made some administrative changes that officials say will better help with legislative advocacy and fundraising efforts and the study of possibly establishing undergraduate offerings.

The leadership changes will help keep the college moving toward the objective of sustaining a world-renowned pharmacy college, Dean Donald Letendre said in a statement.

"Our new leaders will help us to strengthen our strategic planning, streamline workflow, increase efficiency and realize our goals in building a new facility," he said.

Under the changes, Letendre will spearhead legislative advocacy and fundraising efforts in conjunction with the comprehensive campaign and planned new pharmacy facility.

Gov. Terry Branstad in June vetoed $3 million for the planning and design of a new UI Pharmacy Building, saying it's not appropriate to spend taxpayer money designing and planning the project "until strategic plans and sustainable financing are secure." The Pharmacy Building is at the top of the university's deferred maintenance priority list, UI officials have said. They want to raze the old building and replace it in the coming years.

While Dean Letendre focuses on those efforts, Bernard Sorofman will focus on executive associate dean responsibilities, which include faculty development, strategic planning and program and project management, officials said.

Jay Currie, former head of the College of Pharmacy Division of Applied Clinical Sciences, was named chairman of the Pharmacy Practice and Science Department. Gary Milavetz will replace Currie as division head of Applied Clinical Sciences.

The newly-created Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics Department, which unites the college's basic science divisions, will be led on an interim basis by Larry Fleckenstein while a search for a permanent director takes place.

College officials also in recent years have considered establishing undergraduate programs that play to the college's strengths and offer opportunities for students. Maureen Donovan has been named associate dean for undergraduate education, a newly-created position, in which she will focus on bringing the undergraduate programs to fruition, pharmacy officials said.

Also, Amber Seaton is the new College of Pharmacy chief of staff

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