Positions for campuses
Interim Vice Deans appointed
While laying the groundwork for expansion plans, the dean appointed two experienced campus leaders as interim vice deans to help with the initial planning and implementation. Dr. Allison Ficht, who currently serves as professor and associate vice president for research, has accepted the position of interim vice dean for the College Station campus. Dr. Mary Chavez, who currently serves as professor and Chair of Pharmacy Practice, has been appointed as interim vice dean for the Kingsville campus. Both Ficht and Chavez bring a wealth of expertise and focus to these new roles.
Promotions for campus expansion
In preparation for the campus expansion, the following promotions were made within the college:
Elaine Demps, PhD, who currently serves as director of Instructional Technology, has been promoted to director of Instructional Design and Support Services in the Office of Academic Affairs. In her new role, in addition to the prior duties, Demps will serve as the primary contact for faculty on all matters pertaining to pedagogical techniques and innovations, to include providing services on designing courses to be delivered to both campuses effectively using distance technologies. She will also help facilitate communication between both campuses on matters pertaining to instructional technology.
Andrew Ramirez, who currently serves as Multimedia Designer, has been promoted to Digital Media Specialist. In this new role, Ramirez’s additional duties will include providing multimedia support for various college events at both campuses. He will help ensure that the college branding and professional graphic designs are consistent in all media, while continuing to serve as the college’s webmaster. In order to better serve and support the college on matters related to digital media and services, Ramirez has been transferred to the unit of instructional design and support services in OAA, and will report to Demps.
Charles Suarez, who currently serves as Business Coordinator I, has been promoted to Business Administrator in the Office of Finance and Administration. He will facilitate communication between both campuses on matters pertaining to management and coordination of facilities and safety. He will also oversee the payroll services and assist the leadership in managing accounts of the campus expansion.
Paul Boyle, Instructional Technology Specialist, has been transferred from the Kingsville to the College Station campus. He will help ensure that the curriculum is delivered successfully and optimally between the two campuses and manage the day-to-day operations of distance lectures and lecture recordings of both campuses.
New employees at College Station campus
Shelia Robinson will lead as the Educational Program Assistant on the College Station campus of the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy. Robinson is working with the Offices of Experiential Education and Student Affairs to support experiential education in College Station and to provide or connect College Station students with student services. Robinson has an extensive experience recruiting and advising students.
Dr. Theresa Ofili has accepted a position as a pharmacy practice faculty member at the College Station campus. Ofili has a broad background in health care having a diploma in nursing from Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Logos, Nigeria, and a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Houston. In December 2013, she received a MPH in health policy and management from the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. She practiced as a nurse technician in Houston from 1978-1982 and a high risk/NICU nurse from 1982 to 1988. After receiving degrees in pharmacy, she was employed as a staff pharmacist from 2001-2002 at Option Care in Houston, lead clinical pharmacist at First Health Services from 2003-2005, and clinical pharmacist at Coventry Health Care, Inc., all of which were located in Houston. Ofili conducted her master’s in public health practicum at Health For All Inc. in Bryan, Texas.
Leadership is continuing recruitment efforts for the following new faculty and staff positions for the campus in College Station:
- Pharmaceutics Faculty
- Research Faculty (for the Biopharmaceutical Consortium)
- Pharmacy Practice Faculty
- Instructional Designer
- Administrative Assistant
These positions will help sustain the current stellar program, help further enhance the mission of serving South Texas, and will ensure that the new, expanded program will follow in the same suit. The college leadership team is very committed to serving the needs of the students and the community.
Cheri D. Shipman