Founding Dean, School of Pharmacy
Professor *Administrator w/faculty rank, School of Pharmacy
The Husson Pharmacy program was approved by the Maine Department of Education in June, 2007. Dr. Rodney Larson was appointed the Founding Dean of the Husson School of Pharmacy in August, 2007. Dr. Larson is overseeing the accreditation process through the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and is also instituting the search for faculty. As faculty appointments are announced, they will be posted on this site.
Rod earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from Ferris State University in 1988. Soon after, he entered graduate school at the University of Florida, and then transferred to the University of Minnesota. He earned a Ph.D. in Social and Behavioral Pharmacy with an emphasis on Ethics at the latter in 1994. Upon graduation, Rod 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 Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Academic Affairs at the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, where 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.