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. My first year definitely exceeded my expectations, thanks to all the wonderful people with whom I had the pleasure to meet and work. Welcome to the incoming Pharm.D. Class of 2019 and our new graduate students, residents, and fellows. This will be an exciting year of personal growth and development as you strive to be your best and join our pharmacy family. The faculty look forward 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 education and training. Equally important is a hearty “welcome back” to the P2, P3, P4 and graduates students, fellows, and residents. Our professional pharmacy students will be joining one of the most trusted professions at a time when health care services are more varied and complex than ever. As our graduate students, fellows, and residents transition to independent research or practice, their work paves the way for the safer and more efficacious use of existing medications or the discovery of new breakthroughs. I am very proud of the substantial public engagement of all of our trainees, which allows us to contribute to the improved health and welfare of our local communities and state.
I am also proud of our long list of esteemed alumni who serve on our School of Pharmacy Advisory Board, teach our students, and allow access and support for teaching, clinical, and research endeavors at their institutions. Their willingness to give back and be involved is a true testament to our school, our students, and our faculty and staff.
I want to express my appreciation for the stellar and dedicated faculty and staff in our school. Your long term devotion to your trainees, scholarship, patients, and teammates has created a truly special school of pharmacy. Some of the faculty’s major research accomplishments during the past year include the awarding of a federal evidence-based practice center to the Department of Pharmacy Practice and of a multi-million dollar grant from the state to support collaborative research in drug discovery among the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UConn Health, and Yale University. In the coming year we plan to recruit several faculty members to both departments to enhance our research, clinical service, and teaching.
Through the concerted efforts of our trainees, alumni, faculty, and staff as well as support from President Susan Herbst and Provost Mun Choi, I anticipate that our upcoming 90th Anniversary Year will be a very successful and productive one!
James R. Halpert, Ph.D.