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Interim dean takes helm

A seasoned and capable administrator, Dr. Thomas Kier, BSPh ’82, has taken the helm as interim dean while the college embarks on a nationwide search for a new leader.

A professor and administrator at the Raabe College of Pharmacy for 27 years, Kier first joined the pharmacy faculty in 1986 as a visiting clinical instructor. He became an assistant dean in 1987 and has served in administrative capacities ever since. His roles have included recruiting and counseling students, teaching ethics courses, and developing curriculum.

Since 2001, Kier has served as associate dean of operations and clinical instructor. In this capacity, he’s developed academic programs; coordinated, assessed and evaluated curriculum; managed the college’s budget; and carried out faculty policies.

Kier received his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from ONU, his Master of Arts in college student personnel, and Doctor of Philosophy in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Jon Sprague, who served as dean of the Raabe College of Pharmacy from 2006-13, departed at the end of August to become the director of research and discovery at his alma mater, Ferris State University.