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UI Pharmacy Dean Banker announces retirement
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Gilbert S. Banker, dean of the University of
Iowa College of Pharmacy, has announced his retirement, effective with
the appointment of a new dean of the College.
Banker, 66, who is the John L. Lach Distinguished Professor in Drug
Delivery Systems at the UI, has served as dean since 1992.
"The College of Pharmacy has undergone remarkable changes under
Dean Banker's leadership and has strengthened its standing as one of the
leading pharmacy programs in the country," says UI President Mary
Sue Coleman. "Dean Banker should feel especially proud of his important
contributions to pharmacy education at the UI and to the delivery of pharmacy
services to Iowans."
Banker, an experienced academic administrator with a distinguished research
and teaching record, has overseen key changes at the college. He led the
transition of the college's curriculum from a five-year, bachelor of science
degree to a six-year, entry-level doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program.
The college implemented its Pharm.D. program for new students at the
start of the 1995 fall semester. In the fall of 1996 the college established
an off-campus non-traditional Pharm.D. program so that pharmacists in the
state holding bachelor's degrees also could obtain the Pharm.D. degree.
About 60 pharmacists from across the state currently are enrolled in the
program. This fall, the college enrolled 113 students in the Pharm.D. program
and has a total enrollment of 481 professional students. In addition, 78
graduate students are enrolled in a variety of research programs leading
to the doctorate degree.
Banker has established strong ties with the pharmacists of Iowa and
the Iowa Pharmacists Association and its leadership and members. This relationship
has led to the development of a major pharmaceutical care initiative that
is transforming pharmacy practice in the state. Patient-focused, community
pharmacy practice sites provide important clinical training sites for Pharm.D.
students, as do the family practice medical residency training sites throughout
Iowa, where full-time faculty from the college are now positioned. These
faculty directly support collegiate and outreach programs throughout the
state to better serve both pharmacists and Iowans.
Banker was also instrumental in garnering support and overseeing construction
of the 78,000 square-foot addition and other renovations to the Pharmacy
Building. The $20 million project was completed last year. The Pharmacy
Building addition houses new classrooms and conference rooms, research
laboratories, and faculty and graduate student offices. The addition also
provides additional space for the Division of Pharmaceutical Service, the
college's FDA-licensed drug manufacturing facility.
A search committee for Banker's replacement will be named in the next