College of Pharmacy Forms Committee to Fill Sylvan G. Frank Chair in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Systems


The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy has formed a search committee to fill the Sylvan G. Frank Chair in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Systems. The faculty position will be in the Division of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the College of Pharmacy. The committee is currently soliciting names for possible candidates.

Alumnus Chih-Ming Chen (PhD ’81), his wife, Virginia, and the CM Chen Foundation committed $2.5 million to support a distinguished faculty member at the college in 2013. The gift, the largest in college history, honors the important role that Frank and the College of Pharmacy played in Chen’s life.

Sylvan Frank, former associate dean for professional programs and faculty emeritus, retired in June 2013, having completed 43 years at the college. Prior to the Chen’s gift, the late Jack L. Beal was the only pharmacy faculty member to have an endowed chair named in his honor.

“Our committee will be thorough and diligent in vetting candidates for this addition to our faculty,” said Thomas Schmittgen, professor and chair of pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry at the College of Pharmacy. “Sylvan Frank continues to this day to advance the College of Pharmacy forward, and we will expect similar contributions through teaching, research and leadership from whomever fills this prestigious positon.”

The committee has begun the process and hopes to have the position filled by the second half of 2015.