Edward Fisher, PhD, R.Ph., Has Accepted Appointment to the Position of Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Marshall B. Ketchum University

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Dr. Fisher to begin as the Dean in 2016.

Edward Fisher, PhD, R.Ph.

Edward Fisher, PhD, R.Ph.

Dr. Edward Fisher will have the responsibility for overseeing the College’s accreditation candidacy and seeing the College through this process to full accreditation.

After a nation-wide search, Edward Fisher, PhD, R.Ph., has accepted appointment to the position of Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Marshall B. Ketchum University. Dr. Fisher’s first day will be on January 4, 2016.

“The Dean is the Chief Executive Officer in the College of Pharmacy,” said Judy Ortiz MHS, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, Dean and Professor, College of Health Sciences and Chair of MBKU’s Search Committee. “Dr. Edward Fisher will have the responsibility for overseeing the College’s accreditation candidacy and seeing the College through this process to full accreditation. He will be responsible for adherence to ACPE accreditation standards and will be responsible for maintaining the College’s accreditation.” Ortiz concluded, “There were a number of highly qualified candidates and the decision was not easy, but I look forward to calling Dr. Fisher a colleague in 2016.”

Dr. Fisher received his BA in Biology and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his BS in Pharmacy at Temple University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Fisher’s first academic position was at Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy where he was promoted to Associate Professor. Subsequently, he went on to help start up two new colleges of pharmacy, Midwestern University-Glendale College of Pharmacy as Professor and Inaugural Department Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, University of Hawaii at Hilo, where he currently is employed as Professor and Associate Dean. He also serves as the Director of the MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology program. He has been granted tenure at three different universities.

Dr. Fisher is licensed as a pharmacist in Arizona and Pennsylvania, and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings. He has devised and presented over 100 continuing education seminars and innovative NSF sponsored short courses. He is a past National Secretary of Rho Chi, the only pharmacy honor society, and recipient of the National Rho Chi Advisor of the Year award. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he currently teaches in his areas of expertise that include substances of abuses and addiction, nutrition and pharmacotherapy of mental disorders.

“I want to acknowledge the dedicated efforts of Dr. Arjun Dutta, who has served as Interim Dean since July, 2015,” said University President, Kevin Alexander, OD, PhD. “Dr. Dutta will continue serving MBKU in the role of Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor and will be a vital member of the onboarding team for Dr. Fisher. Dr. Dutta’s leadership and commitment has been critical to maintain the excellent progress of our new College of Pharmacy.”

The entire MBKU family welcomes Dr. Fisher and his wife Dr. V. Austin Nadolsy-Fisher, a veterinarian, to Southern California.

About Marshall B. Ketchum University
Located in Fullerton, CA, Marshall B. Ketchum University is an independent, private, non-profit, accredited educational institution. MBKU is now home to the Southern California College of Optometry, the School of Physician Assistant Studies and planned College of Pharmacy. Named after the founder of the optometric institution in 1904, the change to a university structure addresses the growing demand for highly skilled health care professionals. The university confers a four-year, professional degree, Doctor of Optometry (OD) and a Master of Science in Vision Science (MS) degree. MBKU’s School of Physician Assistant Studies under the College of Health Sciences awards a Master of Medical Sciences (MMS) degree. MBKU has recently announced plans to establish a College of Pharmacy and plans to welcome its first class in the fall of 2016. MBKU owns and operates two premier eye and vision care centers – University Eye Center at Fullerton and University Eye Center at Los Angeles. Marshall B. Ketchum University closed on a deal in January, 2015 to purchase a building in Anaheim, CA. The building will be the new home of Ketchum Health, currently the University Eye Center housed at MBKU’s main campus in Fullerton. In addition, the new space will allow for expansion of additional primary health care services, as well as a pharmacy.
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