Dean of the School of Pharmacy

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Marshall University seeks an outstanding and experienced leader to serve as the Dean of the School of Pharmacy.


The Marshall University School of Pharmacy was approved by the Board of Governors in 2010 and graduated its first class in 2016. The school was granted full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in June 2016. In fall 2022, the school had 180 students enrolled in its Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program. The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall Health, and Huntington Veterans Administration Medical Center provide powerful associations for the School of Pharmacy through experiential clinical training opportunities for students, interdisciplinary research initiatives, and engaging educational experiences. The Pharm.D. teaching philosophy places value on interactive learning in our state-of-the-art facilities at Stephen J. Kopp Hall. A variety of teaching modalities are used to engage students such as flipped classroom, interactive lectures with classroom polling, group activities, journal clubs, case studies, patient simulations, and experiential courses in hospitals and communities. The non-traditional classroom instruction provides learning environments and experiential opportunities that allow students access to real-world challenges, technologies, and health care delivery systems on an ever-changing basis in this rapidly developing field.


Marshall University is a public comprehensive research university with a rich history as one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in West Virginia. With the appointment of its new president, Brad D. Smith, and its new provost, Avinandan Mukherjee, the university is poised to build upon its past strengths and develop its vision for a future in support of its students and its region. Marshall advances the public good through innovative, accredited educational programs. The university is in Huntington, West Virginia, with additional campuses in South Charleston, Point Pleasant, and Beckley. The university enrolled 11,143 students: 8,017 undergraduates, 2,494 graduate students, and 632 first professional degree students in fall 2021. Marshall achieved Doctoral University, High Research Activity, R2 status in 2018 and offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs organized into seven academic colleges and two schools. Known as the Thundering Herd, the university participates in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference in 14 sports and has a National Championship soccer team.


Marshall University is situated in a region of great natural beauty. Huntington is nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountain region, bordered by the Ohio River to the north and located close to a variety of state and national forests and parks. Huntington is 50 minutes west of the state capital in Charleston and offers many amenities, including a symphony orchestra, a museum of fine arts, and an artist series. In 2017, Huntington was named “America’s Best Community” in the America’s Best Communities competition. Huntington also features a pedestrian trail system, numerous local restaurants, a variety of festivals, and the Central City antique district. Although Huntington is only a few hours’ drive from major metropolitan areas (e.g., Cincinnati, Columbus, Nashville, Lexington, Louisville, and Pittsburgh), West Virginia’s population density is considerably less than the national average and the state is considered one of the nation’s safest.

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Nominations and Applications

To ensure full consideration by the search committee, applicants must submit materials by January 6, 2023. The search will continue until a new Dean is appointed.

Interested applicants should submit:

  1. A letter of interest (not to exceed three pages);
  2. Curriculum vitae, and
  3. The names, email addresses, and phone numbers of five references. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the candidate.

Application materials should be submitted in Word or PDF format via email to:

For nominations and inquiries, please contact:

Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney, / (208) 589-8896

Dr. Beverly Warren, Executive Search Consultant, / (804) 201-0260

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