March 5 will be a red letter day on campus. UNCG will make its case for a proposed pharmacy school in a series of meetings.
A committee of highly respected consultants, led by Dr. Jordan Cohen (Iowa), will visit campus to hear presentations, ask questions and review UNCG’s proposal. The committee has been created by UNC General Administration to review UNCG’s proposal and another by UNC Chapel Hill.
There is a growing need in our region and state for pharmacists. In 2008, the Pharmacy Manpower Project found Wisconsin and North Carolina to be the two states with the most acute shortage of pharmacists.
“This is a very exciting, special thing,” Board of Trustees Chair Randall Kaplan said at last week’s Trustees meeting. He referenced the economic impact it would have on the city and the region. He noted that UNCG’s proposed pharmacy school is a top priority on the Greensboro Partnership’s list, in regard to the impact it would have. “There is a lot of community support behind this,” he said.
UNCG’s request to plan for a pharmacy school was submitted to UNC General Administration in February 2009.
There are some updates since Chancellor Brady and Provost Perrin provided an update to the faculty at the Sept. 16 Faculty Convocation: additional letters of support including those from Dr. Don Cameron (GTCC) and Bob Ingram (GlaxoSmithKline); an expanded economic impact analysis; a resolution of support from the Greensboro City Council; and an agreement with NC A&T for admission of five A&T pre-pharmacy students each year.
A number of sessions are scheduled for March 5:
- A meeting with Brady, Perrin and Kaplan.
- A meeting with deans.
- A meeting with faculty doing pharmacy-related work.
- A meeting with Dr. William Applegate (Wake Forest), Dr. Donald Cameron (GTCC) and Dr. Harold Martin (NC A&T).
- A meeting with representatives from the Greensboro Partnership, Greensboro Economic Development Alliance and other corporate partners.
The same committee of consultants will meet with UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Asheville officials as well, during their time in North Carolina, Perrin said. UNC-CH proposes a satellite of its pharmacy school be created in Asheville.
The consultants are expected to present their report to UNC General Administration in March.
If the plan proceeds, the pharmacy school is expected to admit 90 students the first year, the provost said.
UNCG’s proposed academic and research program in pharmacy would enhance our university’s research profile while addressing one of the primary goals of UNC Tomorrow: economic development of the Triad and the state.
A UNCG pharmacy school would generate between $5 and $6 million in sponsored research on an annual basis.
A preliminary economic-impact analysis (EIA) of the proposed School of Pharmacy on Guilford County was conducted by Dr. Andrew Brod, director of the Bryan School’s Center for Business and Economic Research. The one-time economic impact of the construction and investment phase, assumed to take place in fiscal year 2011-12, would be $75.6 million with 590 jobs created. The annual economic impact of the operations of the pharmacy school once it reaches full capacity in fiscal year 2014-15 would be $13.9 million per year and 127 jobs.
Additionally, recruitment of pharmacy students from UNCG’s highly diverse undergraduate population would help address the under-representation of ethnic minorities in the pharmacy profession.