As the fall semester begins, I want to let all of you know what a privilege it is to serve as the 8th dean of the UConn School of Pharmacy. I especially want to welcome the incoming Pharm.D. Class of 2018. You are joining one of the most trusted professions at a time when the health care services that you will be providing to the citizens of Connecticut and the United States as pharmacists are more important than ever. Equally important is a hearty “welcome back” to the P2, P3, and P4 students. I look forward very much to working with you and your student organizations to make sure that the school provides you with every opportunity to make the most of your remaining education. I also want to recognize the graduate students, fellows, and residents affiliated with our school. You perform much of the research that creates the foundation for the discovery of new pharmaceuticals and for the safer and more efficacious use of existing medications. Finally, as dean I am very proud of the substantial public engagement of all groups of trainees, which allows us to contribute to the improved health and welfare of our local communities and state.
Clearly, none of our training activities would be possible without stellar and dedicated faculty and staff. During my short three months in the school, I have really enjoyed meeting each and every one of you. Your devotion to your work, trainees, patients, and teammates makes you a very special group of people. Both the Department of Pharmacy Practice and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences will be fine tuning their plans to advance their teaching, research, and service missions in part through the addition of new faculty. In these efforts we will be drawing heavily on the advice from the School of Pharmacy Advisory Board, which consists of leaders in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences, including some of our most distinguished alumni. Through the concerted efforts of our alumni and current faculty, staff, and trainees as well as support from President Herbst and Provost Choi, I am confident that we can build an even more vibrant and successful School of Pharmacy that will become one of the leading schools in the nation.
James R. Halpert, Ph.D.