I wonder what is going on here? I hope this is not another HICP in the making. I wonder how this will effect their standing with the folks at ACPE Article Link Details not forthcoming on Gonzales' sabbatical BY KATHY STILL BRISTOL HERALD COURIER Thursday, November 3, 2005 University of Appalachia College of Pharmacy www.uacp.org GRUNDY The University of Appalachia College of Pharmacy has a new acting dean, but the schools governing body wont say why. The private pharmacy school opened its doors to 77 students in August under the leadership of Edgar Gonzales, the founding dean. Nearly two months later, Frank Kilgore, chairman of the schools board of trustees, said Gonzales would take a paid sabbatical to sort out his options. Details were not forthcoming. Then, late Tuesday night, Kilgore announced that Lanny Foss, a senior faculty member, had been chosen to serve as acting dean while the school searched for a permanent dean and new president. Gonzales held both posts. "Our trustees, including me, cannot comment upon the status of Dr. Edgar Gonzales," Kilgore said in a statement. "We have regrouped rapidly and are running smoothly." He directed questions to Gonzales attorney, Bruce Shine, who released a statement but declined to discuss details. "We are engaged in ongoing discussions with Mr. Kilgore regarding the ongoing relationship between Dean Gonzales and his employment with the College of Pharmacy of the University of Appalachia," Shine said. "The contract of employment with the university, as a matter of law, has not been terminated. All conversations at this point are private, amicable and in the best interest of the constituent elements of the College of Pharmacy." The change came after Kilgore and the board of trustees discussed the status of the pharmacy program with faculty and students, according to a statement issued late Tuesday. "We have a very strong program with a great faculty, student body and community support," Kilgore said in the statement. "Dr. Foss has been our associate dean since inception and offers maturity, experience and a steady approach to success and accreditation as we seek a permanent dean. He has committed to serve in any capacity we ask of him in order to assure an orderly transition." Foss served on the faculty at Xavier University in Louisiana for 29 years. Kilgore said a national search for a permanent dean would take place, but he didnt rule out the possibility that a replacement could come from within the schools ranks. He hinted that the school could announce a $3 million operations grant soon. Details were not provided. A building program will be launched next month for the schools permanent campus, Kilgore said. "We are moving along very well, to say the least," he said. The private three-year pharmacy school received substantial funding from public sources. It got $50,000 in federal Appalachian Regional Commission money for a developmental study last year, and it received $500,000 in a federal appropriation to develop curriculum, hire faculty and pay for renovations to its facilities. The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority provided a $150,000 grant earlier this year to buy laboratory and Internet technology equipment. Preliminary studies showed that the school could pump nearly $10 million annually into Buchanan Countys economy.