Rick Wernoski, MPA, has been appointed executive vice dean and chief operating officer of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Wernoski will be responsible for all operational and financial aspects of the School and its institutes and centers.
Wernoski joined the School in 2010 as the executive associate dean for administration and chief financial officer responsible for finance, faculty affairs, research administration, human resources, facilities, communications, information technology, and educational technology. He also served as interim associate dean of advancement from 2013 to 2014.
Before joining the School, Wernoski worked for fifteen years at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He began as a budget analyst in the Department of Pharmacology and moved up to the position of business manager in the Department of Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, and Immunology. After ten years in that capacity, he was named the medical school’s executive director for administration and operations, a position he held for four years before coming to Carolina.
Wernoski received a bachelor’s degree in financial management from Clemson University and a master of public administration from Kean University. Here at the School, he co-coordinates and serves as a lecturer PACE 832: Financial Management of Health-System Pharmacy, which gives master’s students overview of the financial environment in the health-care industry.