Schwanda Flowers, Pharm. D., Appointed UAMS College of Pharmacy Interim Dean

By Ben Boulden

Schwanda Flowers

Schwanda Flowers

Flowers has served as interim dean since Jan. 7, when former dean Keith Olsen, Pharm.D., stepped down to take an appointment as dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy in Omaha. UAMS will conduct a national search for a successor to Olsen.

Also an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy, Flowers received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1999 from the college. In 2009, she completed a fellowship in the Academic Leadership Fellows Program of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

From 2012 to 2018, Flowers served as the college’s associate dean for student affairs and faculty development. She has served on the college’s faculty since 2005.

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