Founding Dean, School of Pharmacy
Professor *Administrator w/faculty rank, School of Pharmacy
Dr. Rodney Larson joined the School of Pharmacy at Husson University in September of 2007 as its Founding Dean. He successfully led the School’s faculty and staff throughout the planning and implementation phases of the rigorous accreditation process for new schools. The School was awarded Full Accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education in June of 2014. He continues to lead its efforts to fulfill its mission to improve health care in rural Maine and beyond.
Dean Larson earned a BS degree in Pharmacy from Ferris State University in 1988. After spending a year in graduate school at the University of Florida, he transferred to the University of Minnesota where he earned a Ph.D. in Social and Administrative Pharmacy in 1994. His doctoral thesis involved creating an ethical framework for the pharmaceutical care model of pharmacy practice. Upon graduation, Dr. Larson accepted a faculty position at the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy where he taught such courses as Introduction to Pharmacy, Case Studies, Quality Assurance, and Pharmacotherapeutics. In 1997, he was awarded the Rufus A. Lyman Award for co-authoring the most outstanding article published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education that year. In 2000, he took a position as the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Academic Affairs at the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy. There he helped to lead the College throughout its transition to an all-Pharm.D. professional degree program, as well as spearheading a 25% increase in its student body. He held this position until arriving at Husson College in 2007. Rod served as Vice President and President of his local recreational soccer club in Michigan, is an amateur photographer, and enjoys hiking, camping and kayaking.
My philosophies regarding the provision of patient care and student education run parallel. I feel that patients and their needs ought to be the primary focus of everyone working within the healthcare system. For example, pharmacists should place meeting their patients' drug-related needs as their foremost responsibility within their practice. Likewise, students and their educational needs should be at the center of everything a college does. With this focus on student needs, a strong and meaningful educational experience can be delivered that will prepare graduates for a lifetime of contribution to their chosen profession/career and society in general.