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New pharmacy school gets strong start
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When Elisabeth (Lisa) Menner Brandt '66 learned about Binghamton University's plan to establish a School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, she knew she wanted to be part of it.
Brandt comes from a family with a long and rich tradition in pharmacy. Although her career was in the legal field — she retired from a position as a chief administrative law judge in 2000 — at least five generations of her family have been pharmacists or are entering the profession. She wanted to honor that legacy.
The Menner Family Endowed Faculty Fellow in Pharmacy will support faculty members in the early years of their careers. The first faculty fellow is expected to be named sometime before the start of the 2016-17 academic year.
"Ms. Brandt's generosity will be part of the drive that will take this school to greatness, as it will enable us to attract top faculty from the start," says Gloria E. Meredith, founding dean of the School of Pharmacy. "Lisa knows that a well- trained pharmacist can make a crucial difference in people's lives. Thus, the impact of her gift will be felt for many years to come."
Brandt notes that she and her husband, Richard, are graduates of public universities. Scholarship and fellowship support helped her pursue higher education.
Endowing the faculty fellowship is one way for her to give back her good fortune to others, Brandt says.
"We both believe in public universities," she says.
Brandt was born in Austria. She and her family immigrated to the United States in
1957. At Binghamton, she majored in French language and literature, with a minor in
linguistics. She became a U.S. citizen her
"I owe a debt to Binghamton for turning me from an insecure immigrant into a self-confident
graduate who by then could pass as a native speaker of English, and who felt
competent to move on from there," Brandt says. "It was really my first step at being an independent American."
About the School of Pharmacy
The new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is expected to welcome its first cohort of students in fall 2017, pending pre-candidate status from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).