The University of New England College of Pharmacy has hired a new dean and achieved candidate status for its Doctor of Pharmacy Program from the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education, the school announced today.

Students enrolled in a pharmacy school with candidate status have the same rights and privileges as those in a full -accredited program that occurs after the inaugural class graduates, according to the accreditation council.

“We are very pleased we have received this recognition,” said Dr. Douglas Kay, dean of the pharmacy school. “Our inaugural class of students has completed the first year of the four-year academic program.

The school’s inaugural class has completed the first year of the four-year program, and the second class of 100 students will be arriving on campus this fall. UNE received 785 applications for the 100 spaces in the incoming class.

The cultural diversity of the incoming class is even greater than last year’s class which represented students from around the nation and the world, Kay said. One-quarter of the incoming class is from Maine.

UNE also announced its College of Pharmacy will welcome a new dean in September after an extensive national search.

The new dean, Gayle A. Brazeau, Ph.D., has most recently served as the associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. She is also a professor in pharmacy practice there.