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Dean Angela Kashuba addresses the crowd on Oct. 1 during the New Dean Celebration event at the Carolina Club. Photo by Jenna Miller/UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Hundreds from across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus gathered on Oct. 1 to celebrate UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Angela Kashuba on her first day as dean of the School.

During the event held at the Carolina Club, Kashuba shared her vision and goals for the School, including supporting the people who make up the School, investing in further service to the state of North Carolina, and building upon impactful innovation.

“As the new dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build upon the School’s success and culture of excellence,” said Kashuba, the School’s first female dean. “And while we are the No.1-ranked school of pharmacy in the nation, I can assure you that no one is willing to rest. We have significant momentum and we have the unique opportunity to go beyond excellence.”

October’s celebration event included remarks from both UNC Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz, and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert A. Blouin.

“This School has a storied history that we are so proud of and yet we are even more excited about its future,” Guskiewicz said. “Angela, we are so glad you are a part of our leadership team.”

Blouin added, “I absolutely feel we are announcing the best person for this job. This is not an ordinary school, and certainly not an ordinary school of pharmacy. It’s a special school and it requires a special leader.”

Kashuba joined the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty in 1997. She went on to be named the John and Deborah McNeill, Jr. Distinguished Professor in 2013 and was appointed chair of the School’s Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics in 2015. She also serves as Director of the UNC Center for AIDS Research Clinical Pharmacology and Analytical Chemistry Core.

After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy at the University of Toronto, Kashuba completed a general practice residency at Women’s College Hospital and practiced as a critical care pharmacist at Mount Sinai Hospital, in Toronto, Canada. She received her Pharm.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed postdoctoral pharmacology training at the Clinical Pharmacology Research Center at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York.

Kashuba said, “Our core guiding principle at the School is ‘everything we do begins and ends with a patient in mind.’ This serves as our North Star as we prepare future healthcare leaders who will help people live longer, healthier lives. I truly look forward to working with our brilliant students, our outstanding faculty and staff, our dedicated alumni, and our colleagues on and off campus, as we continue our efforts in advancing medicine for life.”

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