MacKinnon Touts College of Pharmacy Successes During Annual Address
On Wednesday, Oct. 18, Dean Neil MacKinnon, PhD, gave his
state of the college address to summarize the praise-worthy
accomplishments of the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy during
the 2016-2017 academic year.
"It is one of our goals to train everyone to be a leader, to
create a caring, compassionate attitude and make transformations at
the college by doing things that no one else is doing on the
planet,” says MacKinnon, who has witnessed the
college’s strategic plan—Lead, Care,
Transform—come to fruition through a multitude of faculty,
student and staff efforts.
These accomplishments included:
- Completing a $34 million renovation to the college’s
physical plant, to include a new auditorium, new classrooms and
laboratories and new student spaces.
- Receiving $1.3 million in donations from 485 donors in fiscal
year 2017, with three new endowments, and growing an engaged alumni
- Recognizing the first cohort of students in a recently offered
graduate certificate and master’s program in pharmacy
- Establishing two academic programs in China, offering a
master’s degree in cosmetic science with Chongqing Medical
University and a master’s degree in drug development with
- Raising student enrollment in the college from 457 students in
2013 to 505 in 2017.
- Increasing research funding from $8.9 million in 2015-16 to
$9.3 million in 2016-2017.
- A 94.4 percent first-time pass rate on the North American
Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) exam, compared to state
average of 92 percent, and the national average of 90
- A 96.1 percent first-time pass rate on the Multistate Pharmacy
Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) exam, compared to a state average
of 92 percent, and a national average of 85 percent.
- New study abroad opportunities for PharmD students in Chile in
2017and in Scotland and Italy in 2018.
Additionally, MacKinnon highlighted the strength of the
practice partner collaborations, which give students the
opportunity to learn first-hand what area of pharmacy appeals to
them and their passion. He also noted the critical role of advocacy
and gave examples of how students are engaged in the shaping of
legislation within the profession.
MacKinnon, whose contract was renewed in 2017 for an
additional five-year term, is already looking to the
"Our goal for next year is to hold ourselves accountable on
our new strategic plan to see how we are doing in each area so that
we can focus and hone in on areas of improvement,” he
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