The University of Texas at Tyler has named the founding dean for its new College of Pharmacy.
Dr. Lane J. Brunner from California Northstate University College of Pharmacy has accepted the position, according to a UT Tyler news release.
Brunner served as professor and chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences at the California college.
He has prior experience as a founding dean at Regis University School of Pharmacy in Denver.
Prior to that, he served as an associate professor at UT Austin's College of Pharmacy. There, he earned the Texas Excellence in Teaching Award and was named a Dean's Fellow, according to the news release.
Dr. Alisa White, UT Tyler's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said they are delighted to welcome Brunner to the university community, according to the news release.
"With his exceptional experience as a founding dean, professional pharmacist and accomplished researcher, we know he will do great things for our new college," she said, according to the news release.
The Texas Legislature this year authorized the UT System to establish a college of pharmacy at UT Tyler.
Then, in June, Gov. Rick Perry signed the legislation. The UT System Board of Regents is expected to officially establish the school later this month, according to the news release.
Brunner said he is honored about the invitation to join UT Tyler given its strong reputation and is excited about working on this new program.