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Dean, School of Pharmacy

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Feb 4, 2022

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Dean, School of Pharmacy
University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) seeks its next Dean of the School of Pharmacy. Opportunities abound for the School of Pharmacy, which is integrated into one of the largest academic medical centers in the nation, comprising six health sciences schools and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a $23 billion health care provider and insurer. The spirit of collaboration at Pitt is high and there is real opportunity for the Dean to inspire top-notch interdisciplinary research, interprofessional education, and team-based clinical care. 

The School of Pharmacy (Pitt Pharmacy) is committed to improving health through excellence, innovation, and leadership in education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, in research and scholarship, in care of patients, and in service to its communities. The next Dean has a solid foundation to help Pitt Pharmacy realize that mission. In the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report, the School of Pharmacy ranked 13th among 143 PharmD-granting institutions. In FY2021 the School ranked 10th among schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health (NIH) support and 14th in total federal funding. The next Dean will arrive at Pitt Pharmacy to find an excellent school that is ready to be energized towards bold and ambitious new goals.

Reporting to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, the Dean of the School of Pharmacy is responsible for the teaching, research, and clinical activities of Pitt Pharmacy, while having hiring authority and managing the School’s financial resources. With a responsibility-centered management budget model unfolding in 2023, the Dean will have considerable autonomy to advance the overarching strategy for Pitt Pharmacy through nimble investments in cutting-edge programs and initiatives. To elevate Pitt Pharmacy to its next level of eminence, the next Dean will be charged with: 

  • inspiring and implementing an ambitious vision for Pitt Pharmacy; 
  • assuring that Pitt Pharmacy is leading the field in cutting-edge teaching, research, and clinical activities; 
  • diversifying and growing revenues, including through fundraising; 
  • enhancing the School’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and health equity; and
  • recruiting and retaining an excellent, diverse faculty, student body, and staff. 

To succeed, the Dean will have a complex understanding of the landscape of the discipline – one that allows them to make bold decisions about the direction of the tripartite mission areas. While the University of Pittsburgh is large, the culture is one where close-knit partnerships are the norm, and the new Dean must embrace this tradition, proactively seeking collaborations and finding mutually beneficial outcomes where possible. The Dean will be a transparent, inclusive leader who engages faculty, staff, and students in the future direction and success of Pitt Pharmacy. Above all, the Dean will have a deep personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and creating a sense of community. Finally, the Dean should have administrative experience in an academic health setting, a record of scholarly accomplishment, and a passion for mentoring.

The University of Pittsburgh has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the search. All nominations and applications should be sent in confidence to: Ariannah Mirick ( Randi Herrick ( or Kristen Andersen ( Electronic submission strongly recommended at

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity, EOE, including disability/vets. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:

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