March 15, 2004

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KU School of Pharmacy selects Kenneth Audus as new dean

LAWRENCE -- After conducting a national search, the University of Kansas stayed close to home by selecting Kenneth L. Audus as the new dean of the School of Pharmacy. Audus, currently chair of the School of Pharmacy's pharmaceutical chemistry department, will succeed Jack E. Fincham on April 19.

"I am deeply honored to have been chosen dean of the School of Pharmacy," Audus said. "This appointment is particularly meaningful because of my long association with the school. I am very appreciative of my fellow faculty colleagues and the KU administration for their confidence."

Audus takes over a school that ranks second among the nation's elite pharmacy programs in securing funding from the National Institutes of Health, receiving more than $13.6 million in NIH funding.

Audus has a 20-year relationship with the School of Pharmacy. After graduating from the University of South Dakota in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry, Audus earned his doctorate in pharmacology from the KU Medical Center in 1984. After completing postdoctoral work in pharmaceutical chemistry at KU in 1986, Audus held various teaching positions in the pharmacy school before taking on his current responsibilities as a department chair in 1998.

In addition to his leadership of the pharmaceutical chemistry department, Audus is professor of molecular and integrative physiology. He is associate editor of the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, as well as a council delegate for pharmaceutical sciences for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also is a member of the scientific advisory board for Genzyme Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Mass.

"I am delighted that Ken has agreed to accept the dean's position in the School of Pharmacy," said David Shulenburger, KU provost and executive vice chancellor. "He is a well-respected scientist in one of the nation's premier schools of pharmacy, and he has been a very successful chair of pharmaceutical chemistry.

"I know that he has the strong support of faculty, staff and students in the School of Pharmacy, and I share their enthusiasm for him."

Fincham, who announced last summer he would step down as KU dean, will be the Albert W. Jowdy professor of pharmacy care at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Athens.

Fincham said, "Ken Audus has been a stellar faculty member and department chair, and I wish him the utmost success in his role as dean of the School of Pharmacy."

The School of Pharmacy has top professional and graduate education and research programs. As the practice of pharmacy changes, the school will continue to work to make sure it remains a top school for funding, research and training, Audus said.

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