There’s always something new and exciting happening at St.
John’s University, and in recent months that’s been particularly
true at St. John’s College of Pharmacy and Allied Health
Professions. Effective with the start of the Fall 2012 semester,
the University’s Board of Trustees approved a request to give the
College a new designation.
It will now be known as St. John’s University College of Pharmacy
and Health Sciences.
“The new name was selected for a variety of reasons,” noted Interim
Provost Robert A. Mangione, Ed.D., R.Ph.,’77P, ’79GP, ’93PD,
’99Ed.D., former Dean of St. John’s College of Pharmacy and Allied
Health Professions. “We believe that it is an accurate
reflection of who we are today, as well as an indication of where
we will be heading in the future. For example, with the
future anticipated launch of our Master’s of Public Health degree,
the popularity of our existing Physician Assistant program, and the
strength of our Toxicology program, it was our collective opinion
that a new and more comprehensive designation would better embrace
our current and future academic initiatives.”
name change will not be retroactive. All designations on previously
issued transcripts and diplomas will remain as they currently
Concurrent with the new name, there has also been a restructuring
of the administration of the College.
Following the appointment of Dr. Mangione as Interim Provost of the
University, S. William Zito Ph.D. ’66P, Professor of Pharmaceutical
Sciences and Associate Dean for Assessment and Planning, has been
named Acting Dean by St. John’s University President Rev. Donald J.
Prior to becoming Associate Dean, Zito served as Chair of the
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences from 1993-1999. He has
garnered several “Teacher of the Year” awards and is a past
recipient of the St. John’s President’s Medal, a prestigious honor
awarded to outstanding individuals in recognition of the
extraordinary service and support that they have rendered to the
University as well as the external community-at-large.