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|Pritchard's future at ULM remains uncertain|
Dr. Lamar Pritchard rescinded his resignation Tuesday as dean of pharmacy at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, but as of Wednesday afternoon his future at ULM was uncertain.
Pritchard's resignation was due to take effect July 1. He announced his decision to leave his pharmacy school post last year.
"No decision concerning Dr. Lamar Pritchard's request to be reinstated as Dean of College of Pharmacy has been made," according to a statement ULM released late Wednesday. "In respect of proper protocol, the decision-making process, and Pritchard, ULM President James Cofer and ULM Provost Stephen Richters will not comment on this personnel issue until a conclusion is reached."
"Pritchard left for Baton Rouge today and will meet with Richters later this week," the statement said. "Regarding the search for a new dean, a Request for Proposal was sent to national search firms after Pritchard's resignation in August 2008."
Pritchard made the announcement about his desire to remain at ULM during a pharmacy school faculty meeting. He made his intentions known after Cofer and Richters spoke to faculty members about budget cuts at ULM.
After saying he had turned down a job offer in Utah and would like to remain at ULM, Pritchard handed Cofer a letter.
"Judy (Pritchard's wife) and I have concluded that we still have very important work to do on behalf of the great State of Louisiana and its wonderful citizens," Pritchard wrote in the letter. "Over the past few months I have received many communiqués from our faculty, students, alumni, supporters and statewide officials encouraging me to reconsider my resignation."
Pritchard also wrote of the challenges he expected the college of pharmacy to face in the near future, especially the potential of budget cuts because of a statewide deficit.
"I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead for our terrific team," Pritchard wrote. "We will face the current tough economic challenges head on while doing all that we can to assist the great state of Louisiana in her ascent to become one of the greatest states in our country."
Not long after it became public knowledge Pritchard had rescinded his resignation, Richters sent a statement to pharmacy school faculty.
"This morning's public announcement by Dr. Pritchard rescinding his resignation is somewhat perplexing. Dr. Pritchard did not discuss with me his initial decision to resign last August or his request to be reinstated, as is appropriate protocol in these matters. We will certainly take his request under consideration in determining the best course of action for the University of Louisiana at Monroe and our College of Pharmacy," Richters' statement said.
Pritchard has been at the helm of the college of pharmacy since 2003, when he was hired to shepherd the school through reaccredidation.
Among the accomplishments during his tenure, Pritchard secured a State Farm Insurance office building on Bienville Drive, which ULM bought in 2005 to house pharmacy school.
Pritchard also has been successful in securing government grants and funding from private corporations for the pharmacy school. Pritchard specifically has been successful in convincing the state Legislature to appropriate funding for the pharmacy program at ULM.