The College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions has officially changed its name to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This is the college’s second name change since it was established in 1929.
In order to truly encompass the current and future educational goals of the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, the college submitted a request to the University Board of Trustees to officially change its name. On May 15, 2012 an internal notification was released to the University community announcing that the request had been approved, and that the college would henceforth be known as the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
“We are delighted and grateful that the University’s Board of Trustees approved of our request to change the name of the college,” said Robert A. Mangione, Ed.D., Interim Provost for St. John’s University, and former Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. “We believe that the change in the school’s name from the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences captures many of the exciting new developments at the college and is a better description of not only where the college is today, but also helps identify where it will be heading in the future.”
“With the Master of Public Health program currently wrapping up its final approval stages, and the development of a new baccalaureate degree in Biomedical Sciences, the new name serves as an umbrella to the numerous areas in Health Sciences the college can pursue,” said Sawanee Khongsawatwaja, Associate Dean, Administration and Fiscal Affairs for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Since the announcement of the name change came towards the close of the Spring 2012 semester, the college plans to host an outdoor luncheon on September 6, 2012 on the Great Lawn for the students, faculty, administrators, and staff of the college.
“It will be great opportunity for the college community, to gather together in a casual environment, and celebrate this momentous occasion,” said Khongsawatwaja. He continued: “The college is about to embark on its next milestone, and it’s truly something to be excited about and a part of.”
The college has also experienced a change in its leadership. In early July, the University announced that Robert A. Mangione, Ed.D., agreed to serve as the Interim Provost for the University. In his place, as the Dean for College of Pharmacy Health Sciences, S. William Zito ’66P, Ph.D., was appointed to serve as the acting dean for college.
In this time of great changes, we here at the Rho Chi Post are excited for the future of our college.