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Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy dean steps down

Staff Report
Published Dec. 19, 2012

The dean of the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy in Clinton plans to step down.

Dr. Richard Stull recently announced he is stepping down as dean, effective Dec. 31. Dr. Cliff Fuhrman, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, will serve as interim dean starting Jan. 1. Presbyterian College will begin the search for a new dean in January.

“Building a graduate pharmacy school is a significant undertaking,” Presbyterian College President Claude C. Lilly said in a news release. “Thanks to Dean Stull’s leadership at a crucial time, PCSP (Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy) is now set to make a positive and lasting difference in both the lives of our current and future pharmacy students and in the health of our fellow citizens in the Southeast.”

While at the college, Stull led the development of programs that supported rural, indigent and medically underserved populations.

In 2009, Stull spearheaded the development of an ongoing statewide initiative called Compassion. This program — a collaboration between the College of Pharmacy, S.C. Free Clinic Association and the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation — provides care to underserved patients in South Carolina’s free medical clinics.

Stull initiated the college’s Center for Entrepreneurial Development, a program that fosters innovative thinking and entrepreneurism for pharmacy students, undergraduate students and community members. The center is one of several partnerships with the city of Clinton.

Stull came to the School of Pharmacy in 2008 from the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Va., where he was dean of the pharmacy school and assistant provost for graduate studies.

Stull holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a master’s and doctorate in pharmacology. He also served as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.

Before joining the School of Pharmacy in 2009, Fuhrman was assistant dean and clinical associate professor at the department of basic pharmaceutical sciences at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy.

He also served there as director of curriculum assessment and development, and as staff pharmacist at Palmetto Baptist Hospital in Columbia. Fuhrman is a past president of the South Carolina Society of Health Systems Pharmacists.