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Vicki Ellingrod

John Gideon Searle Professor and Dean
College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy has experienced substantial change. And while this one word can evoke many emotions for us, change represents our future.

Sixteen years ago, I made one of the hardest decisions of my life—to leave my job and uproot my husband, two daughters, and my mother to move to Ann Arbor and join the faculty at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. But my decision was not made alone. I looked to those I trust and respect most for advice, and the one thing I heard over and over was that Michigan was going to “change my life.”

While I wish I could say that becoming a dean was my plan all along, it was not. I like to tell students this fact because, while I am proud of everything I have accomplished, my road to deanship would have looked different without a supportive community around me, helping me embrace this monumental change.

Since taking on the role of dean, I have heard and witnessed countless examples of how we can achieve greatness and create a lasting impact when we work together. I believe that each one of you represents the unique qualities that make the College of Pharmacy a leader and best in higher education, and I look forward to partnering with you to implement my vision for the College’s future as we:

  • Invest in innovation
  • Expand and strengthen our partnerships
  • Increase our impact across the state and the world
  • Transition to our new Pharmacy building

Our amazing faculty, staff, and students are ready to embrace this change and do the work, but we cannot do this alone. Thus, I’m writing to thank you for your continued support and to ask that you consider making a gift to our Annual Fund so we can attain this vision and continue to create lasting change.

Gifts made to the College of Pharmacy’s Annual Fund provide vital resources for students, faculty, and our research enterprise. They also help address emerging challenges and contribute toward some of the following:

  • Commencement, White Coat, the PhD Advance to Candidacy Ceremony, and other momentous occasions
  • Underwrite the cost of white coats, and provide laboratory and classroom supplies
  • Provide resources for student-run community engagement and leadership events
  • Student travel support to professional meetings and conferences
  • Support for students who experience unexpected emergencies

Last year our graduating students received more than $1.4 million in scholarships. In addition, our graduate students benefited from newly established endowed fellowships and professorships, which support our research enterprise. Our building progress has also been advanced by generous individuals who understand that with their help we can build a better College of Pharmacy, one that will lead to innovations that change the world. None of this would be possible without donor support.

We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I am fully confident that all things are possible with the continued support and collaborative efforts of our community.

Thank you and Go Blue!

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Vicki Ellingrod
John Gideon Searle Professor and Dean

P.S. Your support makes a pharmacy education accessible to all. Please make a gift today to preserve this important opportunity for future students.

Sixteen years ago, I made one of the hardest decisions of my life—to leave my job and uproot my husband, two daughters, and my mother to move to Ann Arbor and join the faculty at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. But my decision was not made alone. I looked to those I trust and respect most for advice, and the one thing I heard over and over was that Michigan was going to “change my life.”

While I wish I could say that becoming a dean was my plan all along, it was not. I like to tell students this fact because, while I am proud of everything I have accomplished, my road to deanship would have looked different without a supportive community around me, helping me embrace this monumental change.

Since taking on the role of dean, I have heard and witnessed countless examples of how we can achieve greatness and create a lasting impact when we work together. I believe that each one of you represents the unique qualities that make the College of Pharmacy a leader and best in higher education, and I look forward to partnering with you to implement my vision for the College’s future as we:

  • Invest in innovation
  • Expand and strengthen our partnerships
  • Increase our impact across the state and the world
  • Transition to our new Pharmacy building

Our amazing faculty, staff, and students are ready to embrace this change and do the work, but we cannot do this alone. Thus, I’m writing to thank you for your continued support and to ask that you consider making a gift to our Annual Fund so we can attain this vision and continue to create lasting change.

Gifts made to the College of Pharmacy’s Annual Fund provide vital resources for students, faculty, and our research enterprise. They also help address emerging challenges and contribute toward some of the following:

  • Commencement, White Coat, the PhD Advance to Candidacy Ceremony, and other momentous occasions
  • Underwrite the cost of white coats, and provide laboratory and classroom supplies
  • Provide resources for student-run community engagement and leadership events
  • Student travel support to professional meetings and conferences
  • Support for students who experience unexpected emergencies

Last year our graduating students received more than $1.4 million in scholarships. In addition, our graduate students benefited from newly established endowed fellowships and professorships, which support our research enterprise. Our building progress has also been advanced by generous individuals who understand that with their help we can build a better College of Pharmacy, one that will lead to innovations that change the world. None of this would be possible without donor support.

We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I am fully confident that all things are possible with the continued support and collaborative efforts of our community.

Thank you and Go Blue!

Vicki Ellingrod signature

Vicki Ellingrod
John Gideon Searle Professor and Dean

P.S. Your support makes a pharmacy education accessible to all. Please make a gift today to preserve this important opportunity for future students.

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