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Mayes College Marks a Decade of Healthcare and Business Education

By Jenna Pizzi

Mayes 10th AnniversaryMayes College of Healthcare and Business Policy is celebrating a decade of educating leaders and influencing health policy and practice.

“There has been so much growth, collaboration, and impact since the ribbon was cut on Mayes College on May 8, 2008. Over the 2017-18 academic year, we will look back at those successes and forward to the future growth of the programs,” said Andrew M. Peterson, PharmD, PhD’09 The John Wyeth Dean Mayes College of Healthcare and Business Policy.

The board of trustees approved the creation of Mayes College, then the University’s fifth college, on Sept. 20, 2007, with the goal of preparing professionals to function in environments where legislative, regulatory, commercial, clinical and technological, and healthcare business issues converge.

The College was named in honor of Kathleen Mayes P’76, PharmD’78. Mayes, who has since served as the University’s interim president and is currently vice chair of the board of trustees, was founder of Applied Clinical Communications, Inc., which provided pharmaceutical consultant services, specializing in medical education.

The College’s initial goal, to integrate the issues surrounding healthcare from many perspectives including policy, research, and business, was something that Dr. Mayes had experienced first-hand in her business career. She saw that as an important lesson for future generations of USciences graduates.

“The creation of Mayes College was personal to me,” said Dr. Mayes. “I always dreamed of going into business, but I hadn’t had training in business. I sort of felt like I was a pioneer. I wanted others who came after me to have the opportunity to earn a masters of business administration or health policy and to give them some guidance and an advantage in their careers.”

The mission of Mayes College has evolved with the healthcare industry. The College enables to students, graduates, and faculty to be practitioners, innovators, leaders, and communicators in healthcare business, policy and public health collaborating both locally and globally through research and practice to expand the knowledge base in these fields. 

Exemplifying the success of the programs are its alumni, who have gone on to work for pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, and other healthcare organizations.

“We are taking this important opportunity to reach out to those alumni who have graduated from Mayes and celebrate both their personal successes and those of the college,” said Dr. Peterson.

Yelena Yankovskaya PharmD’12, MBA’14, whose interest in industry was piqued when she took a few business courses as a pharmacy student, said her career was propelled forward by her experience in the MBA program. 

“Both of my degrees set me up for success in my career because I got exposure to a wide range of opportunities to learn and practice new skills,” said Dr. Yankovskaya. “My experience at Mayes College led to Genentech where I get to work with other passionate people who are all striving in different ways to improve patient outcomes. Having a pharmacy and business background is a big asset.”

  • In the last decade, the college has developed certificate programs in biomedical writing and pharmaceutical and healthcare business. And the Kathleen Mayes Graduate Fellowship was established for new graduate students pursuing an MBA or certificate in pharmaceutical and healthcare business to help defer some of the per-credit cost of attending.
  • The Healthy Lifestyles social media competition, established in 2010 by the pharmaceutical healthcare business program, brings area high school students to Mayes College to showcase their marketing talents. The students are tasked with creating effective, health-conscious social media campaigns and winners receive cash prizes and scholarships while building a relationship with the University.
  • The recently established Substance Use Disorder Institute, supported by the John Wyeth Deanship, a gift from Pfizer, will bring together an interdisciplinary group of stakeholders to address and impact substance use disorders through education, advocacy, and research.

“We will continue to prepare future healthcare leaders through collaboration with partners in order to impact on the industry,” said Dr. Peterson.

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