So it seems like just yesterday, that David Slatkin was hired to stand up a new college at Chicago State University. And it seems just a few days ago, Senate President Emil Jones battled downstate forces trying to stop the creation of the new of College of Pharmacy. It was however, several years ago that quest began and this week that quest continued its advancement. In May the College hooded 77 new Pharm.D. graduates. And this week the university received the announcement of full accreditation of the College of Pharmacy by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Neither of these milestones is minor. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all of my faculty colleagues and the incredible staff in the College of Pharmacy and extend special recognition to the Dean, Miriam Mobley-Smith. Taking the baton from Dr Slatkin after his retirement she finished her leg of the race leading her team to a well deserved victory. For those unfamiliar with the trials and tribulations of professional accreditation, I invite you to spend some time with the Dean and get a sense of the thousand things that could go wrong in this process. I would hope that on a slow news day maybe CLTV or the Chicago Tribune might note these twin achievements on the academic side of the institution and report them to the larger community. I know, one can hope.
Again congratulations to the College of Pharmacy!