Manchester College in northern Indiana has received a $35 million grant from Lilly Endowment to launch a school of pharmacy.

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Lily Endowment helps fund new pharmacy school

December 21st, 2010

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Manchester College in northern Indiana has received a $35 million grant from Lilly Endowment to launch a school of pharmacy.

The college said that the grant, the largest in its history, will help the liberal arts and sciences college develop its first doctoral program on a Fort Wayne campus, surrounded by regional hospitals, pharmacies and health care facilities and services.

Speaking on behalf of Lilly Endowment, Sara Cobb, vice president of education, said, "We are pleased to offer this funding to Manchester College to assist it in establishing its new school of pharmacy. The school will further important efforts in Indiana to increase opportunities for education and careers in the STEM [science, technology, engineering, mathematics] disciplines. The endowment believes this support should add significantly to the intellectual capital in northeastern Indiana and enhance the vibrant life sciences sector growing throughout the state."

Responding to the national shortage of pharmacists and openings in pharmacy schools, Manchester announced last fall its plans to seek accreditation for a four-year doctoral program in pharmacy, with the first classes beginning in fall 2012.

"Lilly Endowment is making a powerful impact on the college's ability to focus on the most important work before us: building a distinctive, academically strong, mission-centered school of pharmacy," stated President Jo Young Switzer.

"This grant enhances our tools to attract exceptional faculty in a highly competitive market," added Switzer. "When accredited, the school of pharmacy will enroll 265 students in an intensive four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program. Regional hospitals, health care facilities and practitioners will provide a rich array of experiential sites and employment opportunities."

Recruiting and hiring are under way for faculty in pharmacy practice, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacy administration and biomedical science, according to Philip Medon, Manchester College vice president and founding dean, who led the successful startup of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Pharmacy.

"Pharmacists practicing in patient-care environments will comprise the majority of the faculty," Medon stated. "Pharmacy students will work side-by-side with pharmacists and other members of the health care team in medical care facilities and pharmacies in the community, learning firsthand about patient care in a variety of settings including adult medicine, ambulatory care, pediatrics, geriatrics, infectious diseases and psychiatric services."