Greetings and Happy New Year! At Roseman University, we’re excited for 2018 and the many fresh opportunities it will offer our students, alumni and employees. We start the year with great enthusiasm and vigor.
As we kick off this New Year, it is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Larry Fannin as the new dean of the College of Pharmacy, effective January 2, 2018. Dr. Fannin has served as campus dean of the College of Pharmacy at the South Jordan Campus since 2006 and has served in several leadership positions since his arrival at the University in July 2006, including as interim chancellor of the South Jordan Campus. Since January 2017, he has served as interim dean of the College of Pharmacy. As dean, Dr. Fannin will be based out of the Henderson Campus and will be spending time at both the Henderson and South Jordan Campuses.
Dr. Fannin offers the students and faculty of the College of Pharmacy a wealth of experience in leadership, pharmacy education and pharmacy practice. He has more than 35 years of experience in pharmacy education, having served in various leadership positions at two other Colleges of Pharmacy, including roles as associate dean, director of professional practice programs, and director of a Division of Pharmacy Practice and Drug Information Center, just to name a few. As a practicing pharmacist, he also served as a director of pharmacy service at a community hospital.
Active in state and national professional associations, Dr. Fannin is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Utah Pharmacy Association, Utah’s Pharmacist Workforce Committee of the Utah Medical Education Council and member of other professional committees too many to list. He has served as a consultant for the State of Florida, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services, Appalachia Community Mental Health Services, Southwestern State Mental Hospital in Georgia, Bainbridge State Mental Hospital in Georgia and Florida A&M University Crisis Intervention. Dr. Fannin received both is Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia.
As the year progresses, I’m confident that under the leadership of our outstanding administrators in the College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing and MBA program – Dr. Larry Fannin, Dr. Brian Oxhorn and Dr. Okeleke Nzeogwu, respectively – we will continue to provide students with an outstanding and rewarding educational experience as we prepare them to be future leaders in their chosen fields. They will also ensure that our students continue to make a positive impact in our communities through volunteer service and important research endeavors. I look forward to sharing their accomplishments throughout 2018 and beyond.
The community will have an opportunity to see first hand some of the remarkable research endeavors of our students, residents, faculty and preceptors, as well as other neighboring institutions, during Roseman University’s 4th Annual Research Symposium on March 14 at the Henderson Campus. Last year’s event showcased more than 100 basic science, clinical and educational research projects through podium and poster presentations. High points included research identifying potential new drug targets for various diseases including depression, Alzheimer’s dementia, diabetes, and various cancers. There was also research about an international rotation experience for pharmacy students in Ghana and how student organizational outreach in the form of health fairs has been improving medication adherence and understanding in the local elderly community.
I encourage researchers, employees, staff, students and residents to submit abstracts online here by the January 15 deadline. I look forward to seeing what projects are presented this year and invite you to stay tuned for more information on how to attend or become involved as the event draws closer.
Finally, at the end of January we will welcome a new class of Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing students for orientation. They will officially begin their Roseman journey at during the first week of February. We’re excited to see new and eager students ready to learn and grow in our academic programs.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Eucharia Nnadi, RPh, JD, PhD
Chancellor – Henderson Campus
Roseman University of Health Sciences