The USF College of Pharmacy is on target to graduate its first students in 2015, almost eight years after Florida lawmakers and academic leaders sought help from the University of South Florida in 2007-08 to create the new school.
"Our College of Pharmacy is developing a new model of health delivery; in some instances, we will be creating new practitioners that currently are not in existence,'' says Dean Kevin B. Sneed. Older schools of pharmacy around the nation are looking to replicate some of USF's most innovative programs, he adds.
So it was with particular outrage that USF
and the Tampa Bay region reacted when state Sen. J.D. Alexander of Polk County and the Florida Senate budget committee suggested eliminating the College as part of a 58 percent reduction in funding for USF during the 2012 legislative session.
The ensuing debate has catapulted the College of Pharmacy
into a news spotlight. USF President Judy Genshaft, faculty, staff, students and alumni are voicing their support and rallying others to change minds in Tallahassee.
Take a look at the attached video and another at this link
to learn more about why the College of Pharmacy exists at USF and the important work it is doing.
Diane Egner is the publisher and managing editor of 83 Degrees Media. Comments? Contact 83 Degrees.