The University of Texas at Tyler  has completed the final step to establish a much-anticipated college of pharmacy in East Texas, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.
At its Aug. 22 meeting, the UT System Board of Regents officially created the college, which is to be named the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy in acknowledgement of a generous contribution from the Ben and Maytee Fisch Family Foundation.
“This is truly an historic occasion, and a great addition for UT Tyler and the entire East Texas community,” said UT Tyler Provost Alisa White. “In addition to fulfilling a workforce need, the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy will grant East Texas students access to this field of study, whereas before they did not have any local or regional options and were forced to go out of state.”
A diverse group of regional hospitals, businesses and institutions of higher education supported the establishment of the college, as did Texas legislators and Gov. Perry, who passed and signed Senate Bill 566, authorizing The University of Texas Board of Regents to create the program. President Mabry first conceived of the idea for a pharmacy school in 2003. After almost a decade of consideration and groundwork, Mabry read a news story about an innovative, self-sustaining pharmacy school at East Tennessee State University and partnered with other area leaders to establish a similar model at UT Tyler.