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PC Trustees Vote to Start New Pharmacy School in S.C.
Date:2/27/2008

CLINTON, S.C., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Presbyterian College's board of trustees approved a proposal today to create a new pharmacy school in Upstate South Carolina.

The pharmacy program will serve a total of 300 students and, pending accreditation, is expected to open in the fall of 2010.

The proposal, which was presented to trustees by PC president Dr. John V. Griffith, resulted from two years of research and study conducted by members of the college faculty and staff, several trustees, and in consultation with pharmacy professionals.

"I am very pleased with the quality of research that has gone into this historic decision and equally pleased by the visionary leadership of our board of trustees," Griffith said. "A pharmacy school will enhance our mission as a church-related liberal arts college and leader in higher education by addressing a key need of the citizens of South Carolina."

The college will now begin the search for a dean for the pharmacy school, who will lead the new program through the accreditation process. The new school will not be housed on-campus but will, instead, take up residence somewhere in the Upstate, preferably still in Laurens County.

The idea for starting a new pharmacy school was first planted in 2006 by an anonymous friend of the college who funded the first feasibility study. In 2007, a second study detailing how the college might develop a pharmacy program was co-chaired by Daniel Professor of Chemistry Dr. Ed Gouge and Bob Staton, PC's executive vice president for external relations.

Consulting with Joe Dean, the former dean of the Samford University School of Pharmacy, the study focused on accreditation and governance, faculty and curriculum, finances and facilities, and the impact a pharmacy school might have on the character of the college.

According to Staton, a pharmacy school is in perfect harmony with the mission of the college.

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