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DYC Selects Marasco as Dean of the School of Pharmacy

DYC Selects Marasco as Dean of the School of Pharmacy

Canio J. Marasco, PhD, a noted professor and researcher will replace founding dean Dr. Stoehr, who's retiring.

Buffalo, New York – August 5, 2015 – D’Youville College has named Dr. Canio J. Marasco, Jr. Dean of the School of Pharmacy. He has been the Assistant Dean of Faculty and Student Affairs since 2008. He will replace Dr. Gary P. Stoehr, the founding dean who is retiring.

The appointment was effective August 1.

A Buffalo native, Dr. Marasco also is professor of medicinal chemistry at the college and an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University at Buffalo.

He was Director of Chemistry for OmniPharm Research International in Amherst, N.Y. for seven years prior to joining D’Youville.

Dr. Marasco also served as a cancer research scientist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in the Department of Biophysics for 12 years.

In announcing the appointment, Dr. Arup K. Sen, vice president for academic affairs at the college said: “Dr. Marasco’s demonstrated commitment and passion in his work, as well as his ability to work across disciplines, make him an outstanding choice to provide strategic vision and operational leadership for the quality of the courses, programs, activities, faculty, staff, and resources of the school.”

D’Youville launched its pharmacy program in 2010 and currently enrolls 286 students. It graduated its first class in 2014.

“As the new dean there are certain things I can promise: the school’s students will continue to benefit from a quality education, as I once did at D’Youville, guided by dedicated and caring faculty,” Dr. Canio said in accepting the appointment. “We will continue to live the mission of the college and honor the spirit of St. Marguerite d’Youville through assistance to the underserved, and will build on the solid foundation created by our founding dean, Dr. Gary P. Stoehr.”

“We will ensure that our school is recognized for excellence in pharmacy education and service to the profession and society,” he said. “We will achieve this by expanding interprofessional education, developing our presence regionally and nationally, being assertive advocates for our profession and patients, and making a positive impact on our community.”

A graduate of D’Youville, Dr. Marasco received his doctorate in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Roswell Park in the Department of Experimental Therapeutics.

He is the holder of four patents and is the author of numerous scientific articles.

Dr. Marasco has been recognized for teaching excellence and was named Faculty Member of the Year in 2005.

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