The interim dean of the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy has been named dean of the college, according to a news release from the UNM Health Sciences Center.
Donald Godwin, the dean, had been filling in on an interim basis since the former dean, Lynda Welage, left the position last summer.
Godwin joined UNM in 1996 as an assistant professor of pharmaceutics, which his research focused on skin cancer prevention by enhancing skin retention of ultraviolet absorption. He eventually switched career paths and started working in academic administration, according to an HSC news release.
“Dr. Godwin’s selection marks the culmination of a national search process,” Paul Roth, the chancellor for health sciences, said in a news release. “Throughout his career at UNM he has played a key role in developing curriculum and driving student achievement. I know that under his leadership the college will be in good hands.
The release said Godwin’s current research interests include improving the graduation rates of pharmacy students.
“I look forward to his continued efforts to enhance our pharmaceutical and educational programs,” Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Larson said in a prepared statement.