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Pharmacy Dean Accepts Prestigious Position

Dr. Pete Vanderveen, who led Duquesne’s Mylan School of Pharmacy as it experienced exciting growth and became one of the university’s most popular programs, has accepted a prestigious position at one of the nation’s most innovative schools of pharmacy.

Vanderveen, dean of the Mylan School since 1998, has been named dean of the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. His last day at Duquesne is August 31.

“Dr. Vanderveen has been an outstanding dean. He took a school that had already established a national reputation for scholarship and professional education and he led it to even greater excellence,” said Dr. Charles Dougherty, Duquesne University president. “Pete was also a leader among our deans. We are grateful to him and wish him continued success at USC.”

Under Vanderveen’s leadership, the Mylan School rose to third in the nation among all private schools of pharmacy in funding from the National Institutes of Health. During his tenure, enrollment more than doubled in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry and pharmacology-toxicology. Additionally, the School pioneered the country’s first Post-Baccalaureate Weekend Doctor of Pharmacy Program. Duquesne’s Center for Pharmacy Care also received recognition as a national model for wellness during Vanderveen’s tenure.

The school now boasts affiliations with nearly 300 community and institutional pharmacies and other pharmacy practice sites, which offer critical hands-on learning experiences for students.

“I am proud to have been part of almost a decade of exciting work in the Mylan School of Pharmacy at Duquesne,” said Vanderveen. “We have had wonderful achievements with building our research programs and scholarship, while enhancing the teaching and learning of our students. I know Duquesne’s talented and dedicated faculty and staff will take our programs to even higher levels of success.”

An interim dean will be named in mid-August, followed by a national search for Vanderveen’s permanent replacement.

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