Dean of the School of Pharmacy

Position Details

Marshall University invites nominations, applications, and expressions of interest for the position of Dean of the School of Pharmacy. The Dean, who reports directly to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, is responsible for all aspects of academic life within the School, including teaching, research, personnel matters, and budgets. The successful candidate will possess outstanding leadership skills and the ability to serve as an articulate and zealous representative of, and advocate for the School’s programs locally, within Central Appalachia, nationally, and internationally. The Dean will lead fundraising efforts for the School and will enhance partnerships with businesses throughout the tri-state area (West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio) and beyond.

It is anticipated that the new dean could begin duties as early as the spring of 2017 but no later than July, 2017.

The Marshall University School of Pharmacy was approved by the Board of Governors in 2010, welcomed its first class in 2012, and graduated that first class in May, 2016. By June, 2016, the School was granted full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The Huntington Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine both provide powerful associations for the School of Pharmacy through ample experiential clinical training opportunities for students, as well as interdisciplinary research initiatives and educational experiences. The value placed on technology, coupled with interactive learning, makes the Marshall University School of Pharmacy unique. Students are engaged through active learning, face-to-face discussions, debates, case studies, role playing, and simulations. The new and innovative methods used employ active learning concepts that make use of teams, technology and non-traditional classroom instruction to provide learning environments and experiential opportunities that allow students access to real world challenges, technologies, and health care delivery systems.

Marshall University was founded in 1837 and is named after the fourth U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Marshall. Located in downtown Huntington, West Virginia, with additional facilities, sites and centers in South Charleston, Point Pleasant, Teays Valley, and Beckley, West Virginia, Marshall offers 59 baccalaureate, two associate degrees, and 52 graduate and doctoral programs in nine colleges. The University has nearly 13,500 students, more than 1,000 full- and part-time faculty, and 900 staff.

Huntington is a safe, picturesque city with hospitals, libraries, restaurants, a renowned museum, a symphony orchestra, and a nationally recognized city park. Concerts and theatrical productions take place in outdoor amphitheaters located in the park and along the riverfront. A strong “town-gown” relationship benefits both the Huntington community and Marshall University and is particularly evident in the mutual support of cultural activities and in the community’s support of the University’s athletic events. Marshall is an NCAA Division I participant in Conference USA with 16 varsity teams.

The successful candidate will have a terminal degree and an established record in teaching, research, and service or equivalent experience sufficient to merit tenure at a senior faculty rank in one of the School’s departments. Candidates should have significant experience in management of complex organizations, familiarity with ACPE accreditation requirements, and a commitment to diversity. Applications and expressions of interest are encouraged from individuals in any discipline represented in the School.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of five references in Word or PDF format via email to: To ensure full consideration by the search committee, applicants must email materials by November 15, 2016. The search will continue until a new dean is appointed. Assisting with this search is Arnold Speert, senior consultant, AGB Search, To learn more about Marshall University and the School of Pharmacy, prospective candidates and nominators are encouraged to visit the University’s website at, or the School’s website at

Marshall University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.