December 14, 2006

Dean, Sanders Honored As Health Care Heroes

"...' For us to have two of the three finalists in the education category confirms the university’s strong reputation and the strong representation of our two finalists'..."

Joseph O. Dean, retired dean of Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy, has been honored as the 2006 “health care hero” in education by Birmingham Business Journal.

Dean was one of three finalists in the education category for the annual awards.  Nena Sanders, dean of Samford’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, also was a finalist with F. Cleveland Kinney of the University of Alabama school of medicine.

Dean served as Samford’s pharmacy dean from 1991 until his retirement in May.  He is working as a consultant on what he describes as his own timetable.  He was cited for expanding Samford global reach in pharmacy education through “affiliation agreements” with pharmacy schools in the United Kingdom, China and Korea.

The Journal sought nominations from the community in recognizing individuals in 10 categories.  “These heroes are all people who have dedicated their lives to make this world better for everyone,” said BBJ publisher Melanie Dickinson.

This was the first time for Samford to have two finalists in the education category.

“Health care education has been a high priority at Samford University for decades, and the recognition for Deans Sanders and Dean is strong affirmation of Samford’s important role in health care in this region,” said Samford Provost J. Bradley Creed.  “For us to have two of the three finalists in the education category confirms the university’s strong reputation and the strong representation of our two finalists.”

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