May 12, 2006

Samford Names Ohio Northern's Bobby Bryant as Dean of McWhorter School of Pharmacy

"... Dr. Bryant, throughout the process, has received an enthusiastic recommendation from the members of the search committee, strong endorsements from references and fellow workers, and encouraging feedback from the entire McWhorter School of Pharmacy community..."

Bobby G. BryantBobby G. Bryant, dean of the Rabbe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, has been named dean of Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

Bryant will succeed retiring Dean Joseph O. Dean, Jr., at the Samford pharmacy school. Dean will retire May 31 after 25 years at Samford, the last 15 as pharmacy dean.

Samford Provost J. Bradley Creed announced Bryant's appointment to the Samford pharmacy faculty Friday, May 5.

"I am pleased to report that Dr. Bobby Bryant has accepted the invitation to be the next dean of the McWhorter School of Pharmacy," Dr. Creed said. "This culminates an extensive search and interview process that began last summer after Dr. Dean announced his retirement. Dr. Bryant, throughout the process, has received an enthusiastic recommendation from the members of the search committee, strong endorsements from references and fellow workers, and encouraging feedback from the entire McWhorter School of Pharmacy community.

"Dr. Bryant brings to this position a wealth of experience in the field of pharmacy education, and I am looking forward to working with him as he assumes the position of dean," Creed added.

Creed said Bryant also had the opportunity to meet with Samford President-Elect Andrew Westmoreland, and that Dr. Westmoreland's support for Bryant's candidacy had been important in the selection process. Westmoreland will succeed retiring Samford President Thomas Corts June 1.

Bryant has been pharmacy dean at Ohio Northern University since 1999. Prior to that, he was scholar-in-residence at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Alexandria, Va., during 1998-99 and a professor at Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, N.Y., from 1986 until 1999. Bryant served as interim president and dean at Albany during 1996-98.

The new Samford dean was a faculty member at Purdue University School of Pharmacy and Pharmacal Sciences from 1971 until 1986.

Bryant holds the B.S. in pharmacy and doctor of pharmacy degrees from the University of Tennessee. He holds the M.S. in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.

Samford is Alabama's largest private university or college with 4,507 students. Its pharmacy school was founded in 1927 and is one of only two pharmacy schools in Alabama. Ohio Northern, a private school with 3,500 enrolled, was founded in 1871 and its pharmacy school in 1884.

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