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St. John Fisher appoints dean for school of pharmacy

St. John Fisher College on Friday announced the appointment of a new dean of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy.

Christine Birnie has been appointed to the post, effective immediately. Birnie, who had been serving as interim dean since the death of founding dean Scott Swigart, was a founding faculty member of the school and was promoted to department chairwoman of pharmaceutical sciences in 2010.

Birnie led the school through its accreditation process with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

“Dr. Birnie brings a strong professional background and significant academic experience to the dean position, both of which have already greatly benefitted Wegmans School of Pharmacy students and graduates,” said Gerard Rooney, president of St. John Fisher. “I am pleased she will continue to lead the school and further strengthen the excellent reputation and impact of Fisher pharmacists in the Rochester community and beyond.”

In addition to her academic roles, Birnie has served in elected positions and boards for the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International and advisory committee for the Global Missions Health Conference.

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