updated: 1/31/2011 7:32:25 AM

Recession Helps Spawn New Pharmacy School

Gerry Dick, InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report

Manchester College President Jo Switzer says the tough economy is at least partially responsible for the institution's planned School of Pharmacy. The college announced this week that it has received a $35 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to launch the school, which will be located in Fort Wayne. Switzer says the idea was first presented during meetings among school officials aimed at dealing with the recession.

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The new School of Pharmacy is viewed as a signature initiative for Manchester and is aimed at addressing a continued shortage of pharmacists in northeast Indiana and statewide. Pharmacist ranks number 7 on the Indiana Department of Workforce Development's Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs List and, according to information released from the school, demand for pharmacists is expected to be double the supply.

The new school is also viewed as a natural extension of Manchester's science and life sciences heritage. The liberal arts college, located about 45 minutes southwest of Fort Wayne, has produced a Nobel Laureate in chemistry, the inventor of Teflon and the first female commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Switzer says the Lilly Endowment gift, the largest in school history, provides options as to where the school will ultimately be located in Fort Wayne. Current plans are to utilize the Fort Wayne Cardiology building near the Randalia campus of Parkview Health, but Switzer says constructing a new facility is also a possibility. She says a decision on the site will be made within " the next several months."

Source: Inside INdiana Business

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