Dean Says USF College of Pharmacy Needs $6 Million

Dr. Kevin Sneed, Dean of USF's College of Pharmacy.
TAMPA (2012-2-29) -

The Florida Senate originally planned to zero out funding for the USF College of Pharmacy but later reinstated half of the $6 million the school says it needs.

The House and Senate negotiations for next year's budget are still underway, but but the dean of USF's College of Pharmacy, Dr. Kevin Sneed said it's not over until it's over.

Even though the senate cut $3 million from the program, Sneed said he's confident budget negotiators in Tallahassee will restore the full amount because the College of Pharmacy needs the $6 million to cover its costs.

"We already have $4.2 million in salaries in terms of faculty and staff and all the people and that's just the personnel--before we get into all the equipment required for the students," said Sneed.

Sneed said lawmakers should consider the College of Pharmacy an investment for the state.

"How can you not invest in us? One single dollar of commitment to our program from the state of Florida is a commitment for innovation and transformation in the future back to the state of Florida," said Sneed.

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