Reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, the Dean serves as the School’s Chief Executive Officer and provides academic, intellectual, administrative, and fiduciary leadership to the School. The Dean leads the effort in creating a vision and advancing the mission of the School, with responsibility for academic and development functions, personnel, general administration and management, and budget.
The Dean’s Executive Committee is comprised of 2 Executive Vice Deans, 1 Vice Dean, 9 Associate Deans, 5 Assistant Deans, 5 Division Chairs, the Director of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation, an Executive Associate Dean (Regional Director of Pharmacy- Triangle West), and a Senior Director for Marketing and Communication. The leadership team works in alignment with the School’s mission to ensure that the School is strategic, effective, efficient, and sustainable. The leadership team advises the Dean on strategic initiatives as well as opportunities and challenges within the organization. They play an active role in leading the development, assessment and implementation of strategic initiatives, oversee continuous quality improvement, ensure that resources are aligned with the operational and strategic needs of the School such that impact and return-on-investment are realized, and that our greatest asset, our people, are cared for. The leadership team is responsible for providing diverse thought, challenging assumptions, creating a learning organization to develop and promote our School’s faculty, staff, and students, and ensuring open and clear communication to the School.
Executive Vice Deans
The Executive Vice Dean-Chief Academic Officer (CAO) works with the Executive Vice Dean-Chief Operating Officer (COO) to serve and support the Dean. The CAO supervises the Division Chairs, providing support and guidance, and fostering faculty equity, engagement, professional development, and well-being. The CAO assists the division chairs with recruitment as it relates to salaries, start-ups, onboarding, orientation, and retention of faculty. The CAO oversees the Office of Organizational Effectiveness, Planning and Assessment; the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education and Research; and the Office of Next in Education. The CAO chairs the School’s Education Advisory Committee, which is responsible for ensuring that all of the School’s educational programs, both residential and online, are innovative and impactful, and that implementation and assessment are aligned and well-coordinated across programs. In collaboration with the COO, the CAO is responsible for negotiating, implementing and managing contracts, MOUs, and other agreements for the School. The CAO engages with other Senior Associate Deans across campus to identify opportunities for collaboration and exchange of information and resources.
The Executive Vice Dean-Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) works with the Executive Vice Dean-Chief Academic Officer (CAO) to serve and support the Dean. The COO/CFO is responsible for leading and managing the administrative, business, and financial operations of the School. The COO/CFO oversees the following functions: Human Resources and Engagement; Business and Finance; Marketing and Communication; Facilities; Information Technology; Educational Technology; and Modeling, Education Design, Interactive Arts (MEDIA); Digital Learning/Continuing Education, and the School’s Well Being and Resilience efforts. In collaboration with the CAO, the COO/CFO assists the division chairs with recruitment as it relates to salaries, space, start-up, onboarding, orientation, and retention of faculty. The COO/CFO, in collaboration with the CAO, is responsible for negotiating, implementing, and managing all contracts, MOUs, and other agreements for the School and serving as the CFO for the Eshelman Institute for Innovation (EII). Additionally, the COO/CFO works in conjunction with the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and the Director of the EII to support the School-affiliated Research Centers.
The Vice Dean for Professional Education serves as the chief administrative officer for the professional (PharmD) program and assists the Dean in ensuring the PharmD Program is of the highest caliber. The Vice Dean oversees the Assistant Dean for the Professional Curriculum, the Assistant Dean of Students, the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education, and the Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice. The Vice Dean provides strategic leadership for the PharmD Program, oversees accreditation, leads recruitment and admission to the PharmD program, ensures strategic alignment of educational efforts across School Centers and Offices, develops strategic partnerships, collaborates with regional associate deans on PharmD education opportunities, serves as the PharmD program ambassador with professional organizations, and collaborates with School Offices to maintain a vanguard PharmD educational program.
Executive Associate Deans
Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Practice
Regional Director of Pharmacy – Triangle West
Office: (984) 974-6642
The Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Practice assists the Dean in ensuring that the clinical practice and education of our learners are aligned with the UNC Hospital partnership with the School. The Executive Associate Dean plays a key role in ensuring a shared alignment between the Hospital and the School in matters related to patient care focused research, teaching, and service. In the role of Regional Director of Pharmacy – Triangle West, the Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Practice partners closely with the School’s leadership in advancing the Partnership in Patient Care between UNC Medical Center and the School; oversees pharmacy practice affairs, including credentialing and privileging of pharmacists, in all UNC Health Care System-affiliated practice environments; ensures compliance with associated laws, rules, regulations, and policies; and creates and sustains innovative practice models that are progressive to the profession. The Executive Associate Dean works closely with the School’s Executive Committee to identify and implement strategies to research, define, and continuously improve the practice of pharmacy.
The Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education serves as the chief research officer for the School, providing oversight of the research, graduate, and postdoctoral training programs, and assisting the Dean in ensuring a strong research infrastructure and compliance with all UNC, state, and federal policies. Major areas of responsibility include: continued expansion of our research enterprise; oversight of grant and contract administration; management of funds to support the research and graduate programs; identification of funding mechanisms and development of programs to foster research and training, including partnerships with key constituents at the local, regional, national and global level; identification and coordination of training grant and multi-investigator, transdisciplinary collaborative research grant submissions; oversight of all School-affiliated U.N.C. Research Centers; and oversight of graduate and fellowship programs. The Office of Research and Graduate Education serves as the School’s liaison with internal and external constituents on all matters relating to research, graduate education, and postdoctoral training.
The Associate Dean for Global Engagement leads the Office of Global Engagement. The Associate Dean supervises the Director of Global Engagement and ensures that the School’s global activities are strategic, value-added, and successful. The Associate Dean seeks to create and expand impactful global collaborations in education, research, and practice, and oversees the Global Pharmacy Scholars program and the PharmAlliance partnership with Monash University and University College London. The Associate Dean assists faculty in advancing their global network and global ambitions. The Associate Dean works collaboratively with the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Chief Global Officer and engages with all other units on campus to develop collaborative partnerships in global research, education, and practice.
The Associate Dean for Advancement, in collaboration with the advancement team, directs the acquisition of private philanthropic support from individuals, corporations, and foundations to support the mission of the School, in alignment with the School’s Strategic Plan and the comprehensive Campaign Plan. In order to cultivate a strong culture of philanthropy and investment in the School, the advancement team, in partnership with School leadership, fosters external relationships with alumni and friends to engage them more deeply in the work and mission of the School. The Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs oversees the work of the Pharmacy Alumni Association through regular meetings and events, such as Alumni Weekend.
The Associate Dean serves as President of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Foundation and oversees the functions of its 501(c)(3) status and board of directors.
The Associate Dean for Education and Learning Innovation leads the Office of Next in Education and works with faculty, staff, students, alumni, industry leaders, and other stakeholders to advance the School’s educational mission and enhance the student experience. This position ensures the School stays at the forefront of higher education by taking a future-oriented view of the School’s educational enterprise in alignment with the University’s Strategic Plan, Carolina Next. This position works closely with and advises the Dean and the Executive Committee by: monitoring emerging trends in education and health care that will impact the School’s educational enterprise and facilitate the advancement of education innovation in the School; providing ongoing education of these emerging trends and recommendations for improvement and innovation; identifying opportunities for external funding for educational innovation; serving on committees that relate to the educational advancement of the School; representing the School in matters of education innovation at UNC, nationally, and internationally; and working with the Executive Committee and key stakeholders to move innovations to scaled implementation.
Regional Associate Dean at Asheville
The Regional Associate Dean serves as the chief administrative officer for the Asheville Campus and assists the Dean with ensuring that the Doctor of Pharmacy Program and the Rural Pharmacy Health Initiative based in Western North Carolina are of the highest quality. The Regional Associate Dean supervises the Director of Professional Education in Asheville and the Director of Rural Health. Major areas of responsibility include: oversight of the PharmD program at the UNC-Asheville Campus; leading the UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC partnership; fostering collaborative relationships with strategic partners for education, practice, and research in Western NC; developing new partnerships and programs in Western NC to serve our students and the citizens of our state; and recruiting faculty, staff and students to the Asheville campus. The Regional Associate Dean works closely with the executive committee to foster a culture on the Asheville campus that promotes the well-being and professional development of the faculty, staff, and study body in Asheville; and promotes interprofessional collaboration, community engagement, and practice advancement.
The Regional Associate Dean of Eastern North Carolina will develop new strategic partnerships between the School and other units on campus, other post‐secondary institutions, new and existing health care systems, and other stakeholders in eastern North Carolina. She will also develop a new Eastern NC advisory committee to bring potential partners, alumni, and faculty together to select those opportunities that will best serve our state and enrich our School. They will work with the Associate and Assistant Dean for Advancement to identify possible avenues of funding to support partnerships in the region. Finally, they will be involved in the recruitment, orientation, and mentoring of new faculty and staff that will support eastern North Carolina partnerships.
The Associate Dean for Data Science is responsible for advising the School on data strategy; informing the Dean and Executive Committee of matters concerning data science that are ongoing within the University; evaluating Conflict of Interest Data Management Plans and recommending approval or revisions; representing the School within UNC, nationally, and internationally in data‐science related initiatives; identifying, planning, and coordinating major grant submissions to state, federal, private, and non‐profit funding agencies and foundations in areas pertaining to big data in pharmaceutical sciences; ensuring, in collaboration with the Associate Deans for the Professional and Graduate programs, that our professional and graduate students receive the necessary education and training in data science; playing a lead role in the University’s launch of a School of Data Science, ensuring that the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has a footprint in the new School; and, as the Chief Domain Scientist for Molecular and Health Informatics with RENCI, strengthening relationships with RENCI and fostering greater faculty engagement with RENCI.
The Associate Dean leads the Office of Organizational Diversity and Inclusion and is responsible for the strategy development, guiding ownership, and implementation of the School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategic plan. Major areas of responsibility include: developing best practices and addressing challenges to recruiting and retaining diverse students, faculty, staff, and postdocs; leading the development, implementation, and assessment of cultural intelligence in the PharmD and PhD programs; building an inclusive culture; following relevant metrics to assess the School’s effectiveness and impact as a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization; and developing strategic partnerships and programs within and external to the University to achieve the priorities of the Office and the School.
The Associate Dean for Strategic Risk Management provides leadership and due diligence in assessing and managing risk within the School. This includes gathering the necessary intelligence and creating gating criteria for School leadership to make investments and management decisions, as well as providing recommendations for pivoting existing programs toward more successful outcomes. Risk management also includes educating School leadership on the changing risk environment, leading the development and implementation of initiatives to raise awareness and compliance in partnership with unit leads, and developing strategies to manage institutional gaps through risk identification and risk management processes.
Assistant Dean of Development
Office: (919) 966-1963
The Assistant Dean of Development serves as a key member of the leadership team for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Foundation and Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs. The Assistant Dean of Development is responsible for: identifying, cultivating, and soliciting leadership philanthropic gifts for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy; managing a portfolio of major donor prospects capable of giving $100,000 to $1,000,000 throughout North Carolina and regions across the US; serving as Campaign Director for the School’s $175M dollar portion of the $4.25B comprehensive campaign; and cultivating meaningful relationships with alumni, corporations, foundations and donors to advance the mission of the School. The Assistant Dean of Development acts as the primary staff liaison for the Campaign Cabinet and is the Lead Development Officer for the Eshelman Institute for Innovation.
Assistant Dean of the Professional Curriculum
Office: (919) 843-2280
The Assistant Dean of the Professional Curriculum is responsible for overseeing the professional curriculum, ensuring the implementation and execution of a bold, transformative curriculum. This includes leading the integration and implementation of curricular innovations into the professional curriculum; providing oversight and guidance to the Curriculum and Assessment Committee and the curricular streams; working, in collaboration with the Assistant Dean for Experiential Programs, to integrate the didactic and experiential courses and experiences; engaging students, faculty, preceptors, and staff in the continual improvement of the professional program; collaborating with the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Education and Research (CIPhER) to ensure programs and education are in alignment with needs of the faculty and the professional curriculum; and ensuring that the professional curriculum meets the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education’s (ACPE) accreditation standards.
Assistant Dean for Graduate Education
Office: (919) 966-6422
The Assistant Dean for Graduate Education serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Pharmaceutical Sciences Ph.D. and M.S. programs and assists the Dean in ensuring that our graduate programs provide the highest level of future-focused training for our graduate students. The Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies works closely with the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education on all matters related to graduate training. Major areas of responsibility include: providing leadership to sustain and advance the Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences; leading Graduate Program recruitment, admissions, progression, and graduation; maintaining a contemporary, high-quality graduate curricula; pursuing funding to support the Graduate Program; overseeing student achievement of core competencies in the Graduate Program; and supporting the development of new residential and online graduate programs and training initiatives.
Assistant Dean of Experiential Programs
Office: (919) 962-1641
The Assistant Dean of Experiential Programs is responsible for overseeing the Office of Experiential Programs and building and strengthening experiential partnerships. This includes developing and refining experiential courses in collaboration with faculty, partners, and sites; developing and overseeing quality assurance of experiential sites and preceptors; working with the Center for Innovative Education and Research (CIPhER) and the Director of Preceptor Development to ensure programs and education are in alignment with needs of the preceptors and the experiential program; ensuring the School is meeting the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) standards related to experiential education; working with the assistant dean for the professional curriculum to integrate the didactic and experiential courses and experiences; and engaging students, partners, faculty, preceptors, and staff in the continual improvement of the experiential program.
The Assistant Dean of Students is responsible for leading, developing, and implementing services and programs to support overall student success and well-being in the School; serving as the primary resource for student development and student affairs activities, including student support and advising, student crisis management, and student advocacy and wellness; leading co-curricular initiatives for professional students; leading all School signature events pertaining to professional students; leading the development and refinement of key guidelines, procedures, and standards pertaining to student affairs; advancing the academic and teaching mission of the School through development and implementation of best practices in student affairs administration, co-curricular integration, immersion implementation and student support initiatives; and building and sustaining professional and collaborative relationships with various internal and external partners to address student needs.
The Chairs of the School’s five academic divisions are responsible for serving the Division faculty, staff, and students, and ensuring that the work of their respective Divisions is in strategic alignment with the mission of the School. The Chairs oversee their Division’s contributions to the professional, graduate, and postdoctoral training programs. Major areas of responsibility include: initiating and directing plans for recruitment and retention of faculty, as well as appointments, reappointments, promotion, tenure, and post-tenure actions in compliance with University requirements; managing the division budget; representing the Division within the School and with external constituencies and partners; building external partnerships to strengthen work within their respective divisions and the School; managing all division personnel activities, including staff and faculty evaluations; ensuring consistency in enforcement of policies and adequate documentation; and mentoring, guiding, and supporting their faculty.
The Chair of the Division of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE) serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Division. The Chair is responsible for serving the Division faculty, staff, and students, and ensuring that the work of the Division across teaching, research, and education in practice advancement and education are in strategic alignment with the mission of the School.
In addition to the responsibilities summarized above for all chairs, the Chair of PACE, in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Research, supervises the Director of the Center for Medication Optimization (CMO) whose faculty role resides within PACE to ensure alignment of Center activities with the mission of the Division and the School.
The Chair of the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics (DPMP) serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Division. The Chair is responsible for serving the Division faculty, staff, and students, and ensuring that the work of the Division across teaching, research, and education in pharmacoengineering and molecular pharmaceutics is in strategic alignment with the mission of the School.
In addition to the responsibilities summarized above for all chairs, the Chair of DPMP, in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Research, supervises the Director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery whose faculty role resides within DPMP to ensure alignment of Center activities with the mission of the Division and the School.
The Chair of the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry (CBMC) serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Division. The Chair is responsible for serving the Division faculty, staff, and students, and ensuring that the work of the Division across teaching, research, and education in chemical biology and medicinal chemistry is in strategic alignment with the mission of the School.
In addition to the responsibilities summarized above for all chairs, the Chair of CBMC, in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Research, supervises the Director of the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery (CICBDD) whose faculty role resides within CBMC to ensure alignment of Center activities with the mission of the Division and the School.
The Chair of the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics (DPET) serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Division. The Chair is responsible for serving the Division faculty, staff, and students, and ensuring that the work of the Division across teaching, research, and education in pharmacotherapy and experimental therapeutics is in strategic alignment with the mission of the School.
The Chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (DPOP) serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Division. The Chair is responsible for serving the Division faculty, staff, and students, and ensuring that the work of the Division across teaching, research, and education in pharmaceutical outcomes and policy is in strategic alignment with the mission of the School.
Director of Eshelman Institute for Innovation
Office: (919) 966-7878
The Director of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy is responsible for creating a culture of innovation and sustaining an innovation engine. The Director will lead the Institute team in an effort to make the Eshelman Institute for Innovation (EII) a premier institution nationally and internationally where ideas are seeded, nurtured, and translated into transformative societal outcomes through innovation in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education, pharmacy practice, and pharmaceutical sciences research.
Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
The Senior Director of marketing and communications, with the marketing and communications team, assists the dean in promoting the School to key external and internal audiences, including prospective students, prospective research partners and prospective donors as well as faculty, staff, and current students. Specific responsibilities include brand strategy and management, creative development, marketing and advertising, social media, website management, public and media relations, event planning and management, and internal communications.