News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

February 11, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 5

New Dean Named for Graduate School

Cornelis J. (Neels) Van der Schyf

Cornelis J. (Neels) Van der Schyf, B.Pharm., M.Sc., D.Sc., DTE, professor and founding chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Pharmacy, and professor of neurobiology in the College of Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), has accepted the position of dean of the Graduate School at Idaho State University, effective May 1.

In his role as dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Van der Schyf will manage, promote and oversee the College's extensive offerings of graduate programs and cultivate partnerships to promote the mission of the Graduate School; including leading modernization of Graduate School functions and maintaining accreditation standards through participation in university- and statewide strategic planning.

Before joining NEOMED, Dr. Van der Schyf served as associate professor and graduate program advisor for pharmaceutical sciences at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy.

Prior to this role he served as senior research scientist and then research associate professor at the Peters Center for the Study of Parkinson's Disease in the Department of Chemistry and Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va.

Dr. Van der Schyf has published more than 110 peer-reviewed research and review articles, more than 200 abstracts and presentations, and several book chapters, reports to industry and journal editorials.

He holds 14 patents, serves or has served on several NIH Study Sections and many other national and international granting agencies, is a member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, and has received several teaching and research honors, including South Africa's highest honor in drug discovery research, the FARMOVS Prize for Pharmacology and Drug Development.

He earned his B.Pharm., M.Sc., D.Sc. (Ph.D.), and DTE degrees from Potchefstroom University in South Africa, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Connecticut, during which he conducted research at the Francis Bitter National Magnet Lab at MIT in Cambridge, Mass.

"Dr. Van der Schyf was instrumental in designing and implementing our first doctoral program at NEOMED, the Ph.D. degree in integrated pharmaceutical medicine, and we will always be appreciative of his support of the College of Graduate Studies and students," said Walter E. Horton Jr., Ph.D., dean of the College of Graduate Studies and vice president for research. "He is well suited to do an outstanding job as the next dean of the Graduate School at Idaho State University. We will miss him greatly at NEOMED, but we wish Neels the very best in his new position."