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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 15, 2006

UI Dean Of Pharmacy Announces Retirement

Jordan L. Cohen, dean of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, will retire from the university, effective Aug. 1, 2007. The announcement was made by Michael J. Hogan, UI executive vice president and provost.

"Dean Cohen has provided the College of Pharmacy with remarkable leadership during a challenging time for academic pharmacy and for higher education in general," Hogan said. "The pharmacy school Jordan bequeaths to his successor is innovative, stable and one of the nation's best.

"Beyond that, Jordan has been an outstanding university citizen and leader. He has worked to develop interdisciplinary educational and research programs across the health sciences and has been tireless in his support of our economic development efforts. During this period the college also enjoyed strong linkages with the pharmacy profession in Iowa and has encouraged faculty research linkages with pharmacists and the Iowa Pharmacy Association to enhance the pharmacy practice model," Hogan added.

During his time as dean, Cohen oversaw the full implementation of the Doctor of Pharmacy program and the opening of the Dale E. Wurster Center for Pharmaceutical Sciences. Under his leadership, the college's scholarly output grew and the college was reaccredited. The college's fundraising activities increased while he was dean, and it participated in the UI Foundation's "Good. Better. Best. Iowa" campaign that raised more than $1 billion for the UI.

In addition to his duties as dean, Cohen co-chaired a task force that reviewed the UI's ability to conduct clinical trials. He has also led the UI's efforts in advanced drug discovery and development, one of the areas targeted for economic development support by the legislature.

"Jordan Cohen has been very active at the local, state and national levels in encouraging the growth of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors of the Iowa economy," Hogan said.

"My nearly eight years as dean of the College of Pharmacy have been incredibly rewarding," Cohen said. "The university, the local area and the state provide a wonderful sense of community." Cohen said he and his wife, Jana, will continue to live in Iowa City.

Hogan announced that a committee will be named soon to conduct a national search for Cohen's successor.

Cohen, 64, came to the UI in March 1999 from the University of Kentucky, where he had served as dean of pharmacy for 11 years. Prior to assuming the deanship at Kentucky, he had spent 19 years on the faculty at the University of Southern California.

The UI College of Pharmacy, which was established in 1885, is the fourth-oldest public university pharmacy school in the country. It has 45 faculty and 512 students, with 4,400 living alumni. The college is ranked 18th in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings of schools of pharmacy.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5143 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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