WSU Spokane Chancellor Brian Pitcher takes on the additional role of acting dean of the College of Pharmacy May 16, as announced by WSU Provost Robert Bates in a meeting of the college March 1.

The university expects to have a new permanent dean hired for the college by the time classes start in the fall. Current pharmacy dean William E. Fassett announced last fall he intends to return to faculty status next fall. His last day as dean will be May 15.

A search is underway for a new dean of the college, with applications due April 1. The search committee will begin screening applications late in March and interviews with the candidates will start about May 2.

In another change, Bryan Slinker, chair of the Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, will take on the additional duty of acting chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences as of March 16, following the resignation of Kay Meier, effective March 15.