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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP) proudly announces that Jill Kolesar, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FCCP university research professor of Pharmacy Practice & Science, has been appointed as the next dean of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Kolesar will assume her new role on July 15.

Kolesar’s tenure at UKCOP has been marked by transformative contributions. Her leadership and innovation as a University Research Professor have garnered widespread recognition. At the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, she excelled in multiple roles, including Director of the Precision Medicine Center, Co-Chair of the Molecular Tumor Board, and Co-Leader of the Translational Oncology Program. These roles have significantly advanced the University’s cancer research efforts.

A pioneer in her field, Kolesar founded VesiCure Technologies through the NIH-funded I-RED Program, aimed at developing novel cell therapies. She recently became Chair of the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN) Steering Committee, driving collaborative cancer research nationwide. Her leadership was instrumental in launching the PRiMAL clinical trial, which assessed the impact of molecular tumor board reviews on cancer patient outcomes, particularly in underserved areas of Kentucky.

"While we will deeply miss Dr. Kolesar’s expertise, leadership, and dedication, I am excited for her as she begins this new chapter," said R. Kip Guy, Ph.D., dean at UKCOP. "The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy is gaining an exceptional leader whose innovative vision will undoubtedly drive their institution to new heights."

For more details, visit the University of Iowa’s announcement:

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.