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Albany College of Pharmacy hires three for new positions in IT, cytotechnology, Pharmaceutical Research Institute
   January 27, 2004


ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany College of Pharmacy has created new positions in its information technology and cytotechnology departments, and its Pharmaceutical Research Institute as it grows to meet the demands of a new era in health care, said President James J. Gozzo, Ph.D.

Joel P. Benware is the college’s new chief technology officer, responsible for leading the planning, implementation and use of technology in academic and administrative applications.

Joe W. Walker Jr. is the new cytotechnology education coordinator, responsible for assisting to develop and expand the cytotechnology program, which is offered as a one-year post-baccalaureate certificate and as a concentration in the bachelor’s degree in biomedical technology.

Pearl Weisinger is the executive administrative assistant to PRI-Albany Director Shaker A. Mousa, Ph.D., MBA. Ms. Weisinger’s responsibilities include technical writing and editing for grant proposals, contracts, and other academic and scientific projects.

“Each of these new positions is essential to our strategic plans for the future,” Dr. Gozzo said. “Our physical and programmatic growth continues to demand innovative ideas to integrate cutting-edge IT services into education and research. We are excited about the leadership Joel Benware will provide us in this area. Joe Walker and Pearl Weisinger will be instrumental in the successful expansion of our cytotechnology program and Pharmaceutical Research Institute.”

Over the last three years, Albany College of Pharmacy has expanded its student body to approximately 900 students, an increase of approximately 50 percent. The growth is part of the college’s strategic plan to grow to about 1,400 students by 2007.

In addition to the traditional first-year-entry, six-year doctor of pharmacy program, the college in the last three years has added an accelerated Pharm.D. option and bachelor’s degrees in pharmaceutical sciences and biomedical technology as well as the certificate program in cytotechnology. Further academic expansion is planned.

The college also launched its Pharmaceutical Research Institute in 2003 to focus on education, research and pharmaceutical services.

Mr. Benware comes to Albany College of Pharmacy from Hickory, N.C., where he was district technology coordinator for the Catawba County Schools, a district comprised of 25 schools, 4,000 staff members and approximately 16,000 students. Promoted to this position in July 2003, he was responsible for overseeing district-wide projects, including the conversion of all data lines from T1 to DSL, WAN redesign and installation, the conversion of five firewalls into one and the effective addition of 8,000 new users to the district’s network.

At the college, he is responsible for both day-to-day support of the IT environment and its users as well as development and updating of long-range technology plans and initiatives.

A native of Malone, N.Y., Mr. Benware earned a master’s degree in instructional technologies from Appalachian State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and secondary education at SUNY Potsdam.

Mr. Walker comes to Albany College of Pharmacy following 2½ years as a senior cytotechnologist at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., where he was responsible for the evaluation of gynecological and non-gynecological specimens. He also provided microscope and lecture instruction to cytotechnology students.

At the college, he works closely with Jean Taylor, director of the cytotechnology program, to implement and enhance lecture and laboratory materials. This includes developing and maintaining contact with rotation sites, monitoring student progress and performance, developing and expanding teaching slide materials and reviewing classroom slide screening activities.

A native of Water Valley, Miss., Mr. Walker received his bachelor’s degree in cytotechnology from the University of Tennessee-Memphis in 1998.

Ms. Weisinger previously served as an editor at Elsevier Science Publishers in New York City. She also has worked as a writer for the New York State Assembly, and as a Web writer for CPS Communications in Boca Raton, Fla. A native of New York City, Ms. Weisinger holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Queens College.

Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy is the oldest pharmacy school in New York state and one of the only private, independent pharmacy schools in the United States. The college has a long history of serving its students and health care professionals as one of the premier pharmacy colleges in the nation. The college now enters a new era in health care with a focus not only on pharmacy, but also on pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical technology and research

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