Spencer Named Dean of PharmacyMarch 12, 2018
Dr. Shawn D. Spencer has been appointed dean of the PCOM School of Pharmacy located at Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM)
in Suwanee, Georgia. He will begin this position on March 26, 2018.
Dr. Spencer is an alumnus of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where
he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy and a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences.
He brings more than 23 years of combined experience in pharmacy practice and education
to PCOM, and has held a wide variety of academic leadership roles. He most recently
served as the associate dean of institutional improvement at Florida A&M University
in Tallahassee, Florida, where he was a tenured professor of clinical pharmacology.
In addition, he was the founding division director of pharmaceutical sciences at the
Farleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy in Florham Park, New Jersey.
With experience working as a pharmacist in hospital and community pharmacy settings,
Dr. Spencer has a research background as co-investigator on phase-1 cancer clinical
trials conducted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute’s
Center for Cancer Research in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2015, he was awarded a $2.5 million
dollar NIH grant to establish an innovative Center for Research Education and Training
Enhancement at Florida A&M University, which emphasizes development of soft-skills
for students in support of their biomedical research to improve patients’ lives.
“It’s an honor to be joining the PCOM family and leading the School of Pharmacy into the next era of pharmacy education,” Spencer said.
According to Spencer, advancing pharmacy practice is one of the key drivers to improving
the quality of life for citizens of Georgia and the surrounding states.
“We’re educating not just pharmacists, but leaders in our communities,” he added.
“The School of Pharmacy is a top-50 private pharmacy program, which is evidence of
the commitment of PCOM graduates, faculty and staff, and is in keeping with the 119-year
legacy of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.”
PCOM Provost Dr. Kenneth Veit said he was pleased to announce Spencer's appointment.
“I wish to thank the current pharmacy leadership and faculty, under the direction
of Michael Lee, PhD, interim dean for the School of Pharmacy, for the positive overall learning environment
and the maintenance of academic excellence during this transition,” Veit said.
Veit also shared his appreciation for the search committee, led by Sara (Mandy) Reece, PharmD, vice chair and associate professor, pharmacy practice, for its work throughout the
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About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
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