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Dean MacKinnon's December 2018 Message

by Neil MacKinnon | Dec 14, 2018

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Greetings alumni and friends of the Winkle College of Pharmacy,

As we complete another semester at UC and near the end of 2018, it is a good time to reflect on the past year and to look forward to the New Year.

Earlier this year, University of Cincinnati President Neville Pinto unveiled the new strategic direction for the university, Next Lives Here. With initiatives that will guide the university in the coming years, Next Lives Here has three platforms: academic excellence, urban impact and the innovation agenda. Our college’s strategic plan, We are Pharmacy: Rx for the Future, closely aligns with them.

Regarding academic excellence, we are in the first year of a four-year rollout of a new, innovative curriculum for our PharmD students. Beginning in spring 2019, all first year medical and pharmacy students at UC will be taking a course together on interprofessional collaborative practice. Earlier this fall, our PharmD program was ranked as the 12th best in the country by, the only pharmacy program in Ohio ranked in the top 25.


Regarding urban impact, our college works to reduce health disparities in Cincinnati with our partners like the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy. Earlier this fall, faculty member Bethanne Brown, PharmD, established The Charitable Pharmacy Residency Program Fund; a spendable gift fund which supports the college’s partnership with St. Vincent de Paul. Your support will help postgraduate, year-one pharmacy students travel to professional meetings and provide outreach in the community as well as patient care activities in underserved communities. If you are interested in giving to the Charitable Pharmacy Residency Program Fund, contact Brian Hurst at Additionally, our Council on Diversity has a number of new partnerships with Cincinnati Public Schools for pipeline programs to our PharmD program and pharmacy technician training.

Regarding the innovation agenda, research funding at the college as increased 225 percent since 2013, with our faculty now holding $9.7 million in research funding. Our college’s first co-op program welcomed its first students in August: a BS/MS co-op dual degree program in cosmetic science. Our college is the only pharmacy school in the country to receive a 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.


On a sadder note, Andrea Wall, associate dean for student and alumni affairs will be retiring at the end of the month. After spending 31 years at the college and teaching well over 2,000 students, Andrea has left an incredible legacy. If you’d like to send her a note, you can reach her at: Andrea and her husband, Michael, have established The Andrea and Michael Wall Fund for Student Life. This spendable gift fund for pharmacy students will be used to support individual students or student activities that recognize fostering of an inclusive environment, respect for peers and/or focused in community outreach. This can be used for specific initiatives or scholarships, but cannot be used for travel. If you are interested in recognizing Andrea’s contributions to the college and contributing to this fund use the link above or contact Brian Hurst at

Kelly Epplen, PharmD, one of our alums and a current faculty member, will replace Andrea as the associate dean for student affairs, starting in January.

Finally, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and holiday season!

"Dean Mac"
Neil MacKinnon, PhD, Dean and Professor
University of Cincinnati James L Winkle College of Pharmacy


Twitter & Instagram: @RxDeanMac

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