WesternU Names College of Pharmacy Dean

Pomona, CA - 11/03/1999 -- Max Ray, PharmD, MS, has been named dean of the College of Pharmacy at Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU), effective November 1.

Dr. Ray, who is a professor of pharmacy practice at the College, as well as director of WesternU's Center for Pharmacy Practice Research & Development, was selected to lead the College after a six-month search following the resignation last spring of Founding Dean Harry Rosenberg.

"Max had the training, education and skills we're looking for," said George Charney, DO, FAOCA, FAODME, executive vice president of academic affairs/chief academic officer. "His background - in hospitals, and in academia - will serve us well as the College continues to be a leader in the education of pharmacy professionals."

In addition to his work at the College, Dr. Ray's professional experience includes hospital pharmacy practice, pharmacy education and association management. He has been a pharmacy manager both at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital (MUSC) and the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center.

He has been a faculty member of the colleges of pharmacy at the University of Tennessee, MUSC, and the University of California-San Francisco. He served as director of the division of clinical pharmacy at MUSC for five years.

For 10 years he was the director of the professional practice division and director of accreditation services for the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists and was executive vice president of the California Society of Hospital Pharmacists for five years.

Dr. Ray has authored more than 60 publications in pharmacy literature and has given more than 400 presentations at professional meetings.

In addition, in late September he was project director of a conference in Baltimore, Maryland, of experts from around the country which discussed a re-engineering of the health care industry's medication-use system.

"I believe pharmacy education has a major responsibility to help practitioners clarify their roles and to make their maximum contribution to society," Dr. Ray said. "The faculty at the College of Pharmacy recognize and accept that responsibility and I look forward to helping us move in that direction."

Dr. Ray said he intends to work with the College's faculty and staff to expand the College's research efforts in the pharmaceutical sciences, exploring additional "creative use" of the College's current use of Web- based instruction, and adding facilities for the growth of the College's professional practice programs, among other goals, he said.

"We want to ensure that our graduates are well prepared for a wide range of professional opportunities and that they become recognized as excellent practitioners," he said.

The College of Pharmacy, founded in 1996, has 377 students enrolled in the four-year program that leads to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. The College's Charter Class will graduate in June.


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