NDSU College of Health Professions announces faculty leadership roles

NDSU College of Health Professions announces faculty leadership roles


NDSU’s College of Health Professions and School of Pharmacy have advanced three faculty members to leadership positions.

Daniel Friesner was promoted to senior associate dean of the College of Health Professions, effective July 1. He will serve in the role upon Cynthia Naughton’s retirement on June 30. Friesner will provide administrative oversight for all matters in the College of Health Professions in the absence of the dean and assist college academic programs.

In addition, Friesner will serve as chief student affairs officer for the college, responsible for all student affairs matters, and satisfy student affairs accreditation standards for the School of Pharmacy, as well as other administrative responsibilities. He previously served as associate dean for student affairs and faculty development. He received his doctor of philosophy degree in economics from Washington State University and bachelor of arts degree in economics from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Amy Werremeyer, associate professor of pharmacy practice, was named chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, effective May 1. Werremeyer joined the faculty at NDSU in 2006. She was department vice chair from 2013 to 2016 and has served as interim chair since December 2019.

Werremeyer was selected as Pharmacy Teacher of the Year by the NDSU School of Pharmacy in 2019. She earned her bachelor’s and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from NDSU and completed a post-doctoral PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at the VA Medical Center in Fargo.

Michael Kelsch, associate professor of practice, has accepted the position as interim associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Pharmacy, effective immediately. He will manage all academic affairs matters related to the Pharm.D. program, providing continuity to effectively meet the needs of students during a time of transition, as senior associate dean Naughton has announced her retirement in June.

Kelsch earned his bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences and doctorate degree in pharmacy at NDSU. He also completed a post-doctoral PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital/University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy.

As a student-focused, land grant, research university, we serve our citizens.