Dr. Shauna Buring named as next Associate Dean for Student Affairs
The University of Florida College of Pharmacy has named Shauna Buring, Pharm.D., as associate dean for student affairs effective May 9. She succeeds Mike McKenzie, Ph.D., who is retiring following 32 years leading the Office of Student Affairs.
As associate dean for student affairs, she will play a prominent role to ensure UF pharmacy students enjoy a rewarding educational experience and develop professional leadership skills. She will lead a highly innovative and effective recruitment and admissions program that supports pharmacy education at UF’s College of Pharmacy campuses in Gainesville, Jacksonville and Orlando. In addition, she will chair a number of student and faculty committees and work closely with the Office of Curricular Affairs.
“I am excited to lead the Office of Student Affairs, as we support student success through academic, professional and personal development by enhancing connections between classroom learning and out of class opportunities,” Buring said. “Through the use of measurement and evaluation, the Office of Student Affairs will build on its strengths and strive for continuous quality improvement.”
Buring joins UF following 14 years at the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, her alma mater. She most recently served as associate dean for professional education and assessment where she helped UC secure an eight-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. In addition, she has led many curricular improvements, including the development of new pharmacy practice skills lab courses and a teaching certificate program for first-year pharmacy residents in the Cincinnati area. Prior to her work at UC, Buring was an assistant professor at Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy.
With the appointment, Buring returns to Florida where she started her professional pharmacy career as a staff pharmacist at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers from 1991-94. Additionally, she completed a drug information specialty residency at Shands Hospital in Gainesville in 1997.
“We are very excited to have Dr. Buring join the leadership team at the College of Pharmacy,” said Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., dean and distinguished professor at the College of Pharmacy. “She brings substantial experience and enthusiasm to her new role, and we are confident that she will take to new levels the very strong Office of Student Affairs that Dr. McKenzie has capably led for over 30 years. He leaves big shoes to fill, but we are confident in Dr. Buring’s ability to rise to the challenge. She has Gator roots but will also bring external perspectives that we expect will make our college, and particularly the student experience, even greater.”
Buring’s appointment follows a nationwide search to replace McKenzie, who announced in the fall of 2015 his intention to retire. McKenzie joined the College of Pharmacy in 1972 and provided more than three decades of leadership to the Office of Student Affairs, including the addition of three new distance education campuses in Jacksonville, Orlando and St. Petersburg in 2002.