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Frank Romanelli, a faculty member in the College’s Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and Associate Dean of Educational Advancement for the College, has been named Interim Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs.

Romanelli takes over for former Associate Dean Kelly M. Smith, who was recently named Dean at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy.

“I am excited and honored to serve in this capacity,” said Romanelli.

Romanelli is the first-ever Paul F. Parker Endowed Professor and has served as faculty at the College since 1998. In addition, he holds faculty appointments in the UK College of Medicine and UK College of Health Sciences. A board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist who specializes in HIV/AIDS clinical care for UK HealthCare, Romanelli excels in the classroom and is a favorite among students.

UK Pharmacy students have recognized Romanelli’s work with 19 teaching awards, including Outstanding Professor for the Class of 2018. He also received the University of Kentucky Alumni Association’s Great Teacher Award in 2003 and the UK Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2008. Romanelli is currently leading the College through the final stages of an innovative reform of the PharmD curriculum, and currently serves as Executive Associate Editor of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

“Dr. Romanelli is an excellent pharmacy educator and mentor. We’re excited he’ll be serving the College in this additional capacity, and I look forward to collaborating with him to ensure our students’ success,” said Kip Guy, Dean of the UK College of Pharmacy.

Romanelli begins his additional role as Interim Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs on July 1, 2018.

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.