Mark Luer, PharmD, FCCP, has been named interim dean of the SIUE School of Pharmacy.EDWARDSVILLE - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Mark Luer, PharmD, FCCP, has been named interim dean of the School of Pharmacy (SOP). Luer replaces Gireesh Gupchup, PhD, who has completed a successful term as dean of the SOP and will now be serving the School and the University in other strategic roles.

Luer, who will officially begin his duties on July 1, has served as the SOP’s associate dean for professional and student affairs since 2012. He is a professor of pharmacy practice and previously served as chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and director of clinical programs.

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He completed the Academic Leadership Fellows Program in 2005-06 at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in 2004, and is a current member of the Leadership Council of the American Cancer Society in Madison County.

“SIUE has been fortunate to have great leadership in the School of Pharmacy,” said Chancellor Randy Pembrook. “We look forward to the School’s continued advancement under Dr. Luer as he builds on the excellent foundation provided by Dean Gupchup.”

“Dr. Luer’s contributions to the School, his understanding of students’ needs and his expressed commitment to serving all academic programs will position the School well for continued success,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Denise Cobb, PhD. “Dr. Luer understands the importance of building on the momentum of the School, and he will lead collaboratively and inclusively.”

“I am excited to serve as the interim dean of the SIUE School of Pharmacy and follow in the footsteps of Dean Gupchup who positioned us incredibly well for the future,” said Luer. “I am committed to advancing the program’s interests on behalf of the students, faculty, staff, stakeholders and the institution.”

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“Over this next year, we do not have the luxury of settling for the status quo, as we will be launching a new Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum this fall while also exploring new partnerships in both the professional and graduate programs,” Luer added. “Fortunately, we have a committed group of highly regarded and talented individuals who are prepared to meet those challenges. I am honored to be their partner in this venture.”

Luer’s clinical interests include neurology, neurocritical care and pharmacokinetics. He has been an investigator on related grants totaling more than a half million dollars in extramural support and has published more than 70 manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts.

Before joining the SIUE SOP, he served on the faculties at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy.

He earned his bachelor’s and doctor of pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Additionally, he completed a clinical pharmacy residency, a critical care specialty residency and neuroscience fellowship at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

A search for a permanent dean will commence in the upcoming academic year.

SIUE School of Pharmacy: Today’s pharmacists improve patients’ lives through the medication and education they provide. Dedicated to developing a community of caring pharmacists, the SIUE School of Pharmacy curriculum is nationally recognized as a model that offers students a unique combination of classroom education, research, community service and patient care. The School of Pharmacy’s areas of excellence include a drug design and discovery core; pediatric practice; chronic pain research and practice; and diabetes research and practice. As the only downstate Illinois pharmacy doctorate program, the SIUE School of Pharmacy is addressing the growing need for highly trained pharmacists in a rapidly growing field.

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