LIU Pharmacy appoints new dean

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — LIU Pharmacy, part of the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, announced that educator and researcher Dr. John Pezzuto has been named dean of the LIU Pharamacy, effective Jan. 1, 2015. He succeeds Stephen Gross, Ph.D., in the role.

Dr. Pezzuto's current research interests are in the areas of biology-driven natural product drug discover and characterization, with a primary focus on the fields of cancer chemotherapy and cancer chemoprevention, according to the school. He has directed the research of many doctoral students, postdoctoral associates, as well as visiting scholars.

“The LIU community is honored to welcome Dr. Pezzuto to our university,” said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, president of LIU. “A top leader in pharmaceutical education, he brings with him a great understanding of the industry and a passion for research. I am confident Dr. Pezzuto will bring LIU Pharmacy to even higher levels of achievement and provide our students with an excellent education.”

Dr. Pezzuto has been working as the founding dean of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo since 2006. Prior to that, he served as dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences at Purdue University in Indiana.

“It is a great honor to join LIU as the next dean of the pharmacy school,” said Dr. Pezzuto. “Being so deeply steeped in history and tradition, this college generates pride and vast opportunity. I have been impressed by the strength of the faculty, the excellence of the students, and the commitment of the administration. I am confident that my experience and background are perfectly suited for helping the College reach the next level of preeminence, and I look forward to working with my new colleagues to make this a reality.”

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