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December 6, 2002
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The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy has hired a senior associate dean as head of its College of Pharmacy, Duluth program at UMD.

Stephen G. Hoag will head the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy expansion to the Duluth campus (UMD), which will admit its first class in September 2003. University officials announced in July the expansion of the Twin Cities-based College of Pharmacy to Duluth.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to Minnesota pharmacy and for my wife and I to return home," Dr. Hoag said. "I will thoroughly enjoy the UMD location and look forward to working with individuals at UMD and in the community."

Dr. Hoag brings a wealth of experience to the Duluth program, said Marilyn Speedie, dean of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for the college to gain an experienced administrator and educator for the UMD program," Speedie said. "Dr. Hoag is committed to collaboration between the College of Pharmacy, Duluth, UMD and the Duluth community."

"We are pleased and very much look forward to Dr. Hoag returning to Duluth and joining the administration at UMD," said UMD Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin

Hoag has served as Dean and Professor of Pharmacy at Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for seven years. He was interim provost of Drake University for almost two years. Prior to his tenure at Drake, Dr. Hoag was Dean of Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy from 1987 until 1993. Between 1986 and 1987, Dr. Hoag was acting dean at North Dakota State University College of Pharmacy, where he had been on the faculty since 1980.

He attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) prepharmacy program and earned his B.S. in Pharmacy from North Dakota State University College of Pharmacy. He holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in clinical pharmacy from Purdue University School of Pharmacy.

During his career, Dr. Hoag has worked on several projects studying pharmacy issues in Native American communities. From 1987 to 1990, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services project "American Indians in Pharmacy." In 1986, he was co-principal investigator on a Smith Kline-Beckman Corporation GAPS Program "Enhancing Native American Access to Pharmacy Education." He has written and spoken widely on a variety of pharmacy issues during the course of his career.

Dr. Hoag also has extensive experience working with development offices on behalf of educational institutions.

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy is the only college of pharmacy in Minnesota. The expansion to the UMD campus is the first in the college's 110-year history.

In September 2003, 50 students will be enrolled in the program as first year pharmacy students. The second year of the pharmacy program will be added in 2004, with the third and fourth added in the following two years. Each class will have 50 students. Among the goals of the expansion is decreasing the severe shortage of pharmacists in Greater Minnesota.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

The Academic Health Center is home to the University of Minnesota's seven health professional schools and colleges as well as several health-related centers and institutes including the College of Pharmacy. Founded in 1851, the University is one of the oldest and largest land grant institutions in the country. The AHC mission is to prepare the new health professionals who improve the health of communities, discover and deliver new treatments and cures and strengthen the economy.

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