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Presbyterian College Announces First Dean of New Pharmacy School

CLINTON, S.C., June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The planned Presbyterian College school of pharmacy has its founding dean.

Dr. Richard Stull, the dean of the school of pharmacy and assistant provost for graduate studies at the University of Charleston in Charleston, W. Va. has accepted the college's offer to become dean. He will lead the team that is charged with developing the first school of pharmacy in Upstate South Carolina.

Stull holds a BS in the biological sciences and an MS and Ph.D. in pharmacology. In addition to serving as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California San Francisco's medical school, he has also been a visiting scientist at the National Center for Toxicology Research, professor of pharmacology and interdisciplinary toxicology at the University of Arkansas, and associate dean for academic affairs and professor of pharmacology at Shenandoah University. Presbyterian College officials believe he is the perfect fit for the job.

"Dr. Stull is a leader in pharmacy education and a noted and experienced pharmacology scholar and teacher," said PC president John Griffith. "He has held leadership roles in the start up of three pharmacy schools and has led one of those startups. Dick brings a unique set of skills and experience to the job and has demonstrated both the academic and administrative leadership needed to create an outstanding school of pharmacy," he said. "He has a passion for developing students into pharmacists who serve communities, a focus that will be a tremendous asset to those communities our students will join."

Stull is focused on establishing a distinctive pharmacy program consistent with the values and academic reputation of Presbyterian College. "I am looking forward to the opportunity at Presbyterian to develop a strong professional program that will emphasize community pharmacy practice," he said. "The increasing average age of the population in the United States, the concomitant increase in chronic disease and resulting increase in the number and complexity of prescription regimens argue for heightened emphasis on pharmacy education."

Stull's interests focus heavily on the education aspects of pharmacy, and the acquisition of data via information technology to determine better teaching protocols for students. He notes that the need for the modern pharmacist to serve on the "front lines" of medicine, frequently the first contact for patients, is one that will only increase in scope, dimension, and greater demands for service. "We will seek students who are interested in community service and will involve students in community experiences throughout the professional program," Stull says. "Students, reflecting this commitment, will contribute to solving health care problems through innovation, communication, and dedication to improving the community as a whole. Our intent is to provide community service through leadership in addressing the health care needs of an increasingly diverse patient population."

Bob Staton, executive vice president, and Ed Gouge, Daniel Professor of Chemistry, served as co-chairmen of PC's pharmacy study commission and will co-chair the transition team assigned to work with Stull.

Presbyterian College's board of trustees approved a proposal to create a new pharmacy school in Upstate South Carolina in February of this year. The new pharmacy program will serve a total of approximately 300 students and is expected to open in the fall of 2010. The exact location of the pharmacy school is expected to be announced later this summer.

Presbyterian College is a highly selective church-related liberal arts college of 1200 students. Home to six South Carolina Professors of the Year, PC has just completed its first year in NCAA Division I athletics. By providing a challenging and supportive environment focused on academics, ethics, and social involvement, Presbyterian College develops perceptive students into inquisitive scholars and values-based leaders.

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