Dean, School of Pharmacy

Req Number: UTCYAZ
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posted: 4/5/2023
Category: Life Sciences/Healthcare : Pharmaceuticals
Job Type: Permanent

Position: Dean, School of Pharmacy
Organization: University of Maryland, Baltimore
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Reporting Relationship: President


The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is seeking a highly qualified, collaborative, motivated, and dynamic leader for its next Dean of the School of Pharmacy. The next Dean will continue to accelerate the School as one of America’s most successful pharmacy schools by leading excellence in education, practice, research, community service, and workforce preparation. The Dean will have a demonstrated record of integrity, fairness, and transparency, along with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Dean reports directly to the President and will meet and consult with the Provost on a regular basis on matters including, but not limited to, academic and student affairs, strategic planning, accreditation, and faculty appointments, promotion, and tenure. The Dean serves as the chief executive and academic officer for the School and provides leadership of the School’s senior executive team. The Dean works collaboratively and cooperatively with the deans of the other schools and University’s vice presidents. As an executive leader, the Dean is charged with overseeing and enhancing education, research, and training aimed at developing the next generation of pharmacy practitioners, scholars, and researchers.

The next Dean will be a nationally recognized leader and scholar in pharmacy, one who is passionate about the mission, vision, and values of the School. The Dean must showcase a proven track record of collaborative partnership, demonstrated learning agility that is characteristic of great leaders, and exhibit the cultural intelligence to effectively engage all prospects that contribute to the School’s success. The Dean will seek consensus among diverse stakeholders and serve as a courageous leader who can bring confidence to a broad audience. The Dean will make strides to benefit the school, community, and society.

The successful candidate will be a visionary with an in-depth knowledge of the pharmacy profession and the ability to advocate for it, along with a track-record of understanding and supporting clinical practice, pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmaceutical health outcomes research. One-to-three-year success factors for the new dean will include the following: Oversee the completion of a PharmD curriculum redesign and increase NAPLEX and MPJE pass rates; Understand the School’s five-year revenue projections and take steps to increase the School’s financial strength; Lead the School in building new educational and research programs; Continue to build a faculty that is recognized for excellence in teaching, research, practice, and leadership; Oversee implementation of equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts in the School’s curriculums and in faculty and staff hiring, retention, and advancement processes.


The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Established in 1841, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is the fourth oldest school in the nation and ranked 14th out of more than 140 schools of pharmacy by U.S. News & World Report. Located in Baltimore, the School is a thriving center for professional and graduate education, pharmaceutical care, research, and community service. The School is one of six professional schools and a graduate school located at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, a thriving center for life sciences research and community service. Its faculty create the future of pharmacy by pioneering new roles for pharmacists in advanced clinical practice and conducting cutting-edge research in drug discovery and development, comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes, and disease management. Contemporary curriculums, innovative educational experiences, and strategic professional relationships help to inspire excellence in the School’s more than 1,100 students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows.

The School offers 10 academic programs: Doctor of Pharmacy; PhD programs in Palliative Care, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and MS programs in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics, Palliative Care, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacometrics, and Regulatory Science. With a research portfolio of more than $38.5 million in grants and contracts, the School is ranked 16th by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. In 2017, the School launched its exclusive Pharmapreneurship™ program, which describes the School's commitment to supporting and best positioning both faculty and students to achieve their career aspirations and address our nation's health care challenges.

While the School has decreased its PharmD enrolment over the past several years, it has developed several highly successful and unique master’s programs and has the highest overall enrolment in the School’s history, with more than 1,100 students in 10 degree programs. Grant and contract funding is at an all-time high of $38.5M. An anonymous donor has made a bequest of $30M to name the School upon their passing. The School has approximately $27M in fund balances and a $26M endowment that is expected to grow with the forthcoming naming of the School. The School has 80 Full-time faculty and approximately 245 technical and research staff, postdoctoral fellows, and teaching assistants.

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy globally engages and leads education, pharmacy practice, scientific research, and pharmapreneurial initiatives to improve the health of society collaboratively and equitably.

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is internationally recognized for:
  •  Empowering learners and graduating visionary leaders.
  •  Pioneering social impact and business innovation through pharmapreneurship.
  •  Listening to all voices to equitably enrich the lives of our internal and external communities.
  •  Positively influencing the delivery of convenient and affordable health care.
  •  Leveraging pharmaceutical expertise and relentlessly collaborating to solve scientific, clinical and social problems that matter to all citizens of the world.

The School embraces a culture that embodies the University’s core values:
  •  Respect and Integrity: We value each other and hold ourselves accountable for acting ethically and transparently using compassion and empathy.
  •  Well-Being and Sustainability: We care about the welfare of our people, planet, communities, and University.
  •  Equity and Justice: We embrace and are committed to diversity, and we value inclusive and just communities. We oppose racism and oppression in all its forms.
  •  Innovation and Discovery: We imagine and explore new and improved ways to accomplish our mission of education, research, clinical care, and service.

Strategic Plan
The School’s 2022-2026 strategic plan provides a roadmap to reach major milestones over the next four years, enhancing the School’s community of scholars and learners and expanding its national and international reputation as a leader in pharmacy practice and research. Additional information about the School of Pharmacy’s 2022-2026 strategic plan can be found online at

School Structure
The School of Pharmacy is comprised of two departments:
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC): Faculty in the PSC are recognized leaders in the fields of drug discovery, development, and delivery. Our researchers work to identify therapeutic targets and develop new drugs to treat multiple diseases, including drug abuse, cancer, autoimmunity, and infection. With strengths in structure-based drug design, our expertise in physical, computational, synthetic, and protein chemistry cuts across several centers of excellence. Innovative research in complex biological systems, proteomics, metabolomics, pharmacogenomics, and therapeutic and immune engineering seeks to develop targeted innovative medicines and devices to improve human health.
  • Department of Practice, Sciences, and Health Outcomes Research (P-SHOR): Faculty in P-SHOR improve health care through innovation, collaboration, and advocacy to achieve excellence in pharmacy education, practice, and research. Practice faculty in P-SHOR provide specialized pharmacy services at a wide range of locations, including outpatient clinics, hospital units, mental health institutions, skilled nursing care facilities, community pharmacies, and academic health science centers. These practitioners have pioneered new roles for pharmacists in advanced clinical practice by supporting and teaching patients, students, residents, and health care practitioners regarding the best use of medicines. Research faculty in the P-SHOR Department work in comparative effectiveness research, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, and pharmaceutical policy.
A leadership team of associate and assistant deans and department chairs work with the dean to set strategic priorities and guide the work of the School, as does a volunteer board of visitors, which is comprised of alumni and other stakeholders. The Dean’s Office is comprised of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Development and Alumni Affairs, Communications and Marketing, Administration and Finance (Human resources, Facilities, IT, Finance), the Office of Experiential Learning, and the Office of Graduate Programs.

Centers, programs, and facilities within the School of Pharmacy provide public education, conduct research, and link clinical and academic activities to strengthen the health infrastructure across the state of Maryland. Each center, program, and facility is directed by faculty who are leaders in the fields of pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, and health outcomes research. These faculty members practice and conduct research in a variety of areas and settings. Centers within the School include: The Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging; Pharmaceutical Research Computing; Bio- And Nano-Technology Center; Patient-Driven Values in Healthcare Evaluation (PAVE) Center; Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (FDA Federal Partner); Computer Aided Drug Design Center; Metallotherapeutics Research Center; Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions; Center for Translational Medicine; The Maryland Poison Center (for the State of Maryland); Mental Health Program (Pharmacy services for the State’s Mental Health Hospitals); and Center for Research on Complex Generics. Programs within the School include: Behavioral Health Resources and Technical Assistance Program; The Patients Program; the P3 Program (Patients, Pharmacists, Partnerships); and the ATRIUM Cardiology Collaborative. Facilities within the School include the Applied Pharmaceutics Lab, the High Throughput Screening Facility, and the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility.

The School offers a variety of academic programs that provide strong foundations in pharmacy while developing scholars in basic and applied research.
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

The four-year PharmD program combines basic and applied science as well as an in-depth therapeutics course of study to provide future generations of pharmacists with the knowledge and skills needed to be essential contributors in the dynamic health care arena.

  •  PhD in Palliative Care

The PhD in Palliative Care program is the first Doctor of Philosophy in Palliative Care in the United States. A completely online program that builds on the very popular online Master of Science and Graduate Certificates in Palliative Care, the interprofessional PhD program is designed for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, administrators, researchers, and others who want to become outstanding researchers in palliative care, while concurrently honing skills in leadership, education, and engagement in the profession and the palliative care community.

  •  PhD in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research

The widespread use of medications in society has created a demand for individuals skilled in the evaluation of pharmaceutical services and interventions. The PhD in PHSR program provides graduates with the theory, practical experience, and decision-making skills they need to become expert researchers and address a wide range of pharmacy-related problems.

  • PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The PhD in PSC program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to direct the discovery of novel biological pathways in human disease and the development and delivery of medications for safe and effective therapy. After completing the program, graduates are prepared to become successful scientists and begin exciting careers in academia, federal agencies, or the pharmaceutical industry.

  • MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics
The Master of Science (MS) in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics program provides students with the knowledge they need to support patients and the medical cannabis industry, add to existing research, and develop well-informed medical cannabis policy. The two-year program based at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md., blends online instruction with face-to-face experiences to prepare graduates to respond to the increasing demand for medical cannabis with an understanding of the basic science and clinical uses of the cannabis plant.

  • MS in Palliative Care
The 30-credit interprofessional MS in Palliative Care is offered completely online and can be completed in six semesters or at your own pace. The program is designed to meet the educational needs of individuals who are currently working or who wish to work in hospice and palliative care and want to gain a deeper understanding of the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of patients and families affected by serious illness.

  • MS in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research
Adapted from the top-tier PhD in PHSR program, the MS in PHSR is geared towards experienced professionals, helping them gain the theory, practical experience, and decision-making skills needed to improve prescription drug use and health among diverse populations.

  •  MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences
The MS in PSC provides advanced education and cutting-edge training to prepare students for high-level research and leadership positions in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and in the federal government. The 16-month, full-time program is based at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md.

  •  MS in Pharmacometrics
The objective of the MS in Pharmacometrics is to allow current professionals to acquire skills and knowledge to plan, perform and interpret pharmacometric analyses with the goal of influencing key drug development, regulatory and therapeutic decisions.

  •  MS in Regulatory Science
The MS in Regulatory Science program addresses all major areas of drug product regulatory science, including chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC); clinical research; and post-approval surveillance, as well as drug discovery.

Students enrolled in the PharmD program can take advantage of 10 dual degree programs, including a PharmD/JD, PharmD/MBA, PharmD/MPH, and a PharmD/MS (with the majority of the School’s MS programs). The School also offers graduate certificates in medical cannabis, palliative care, and regulatory science.

Exclusive to the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Pharmapreneurship™ describes the School's commitment to supporting and best positioning both faculty and students to achieve their career aspirations and address our nation's health care challenges. At the School of Pharmacy, we employ the term Pharmapreneurism to describe our pharmacy entrepreneurs. Strategies and skills that pharmapreneurs across the fields of practice, sciences, and health outcomes research and pharmaceutical sciences might utilize include: Innovation of new products, services, or processes; Continuous process improvement; Exploration; Technological innovation; Business intelligence; Development of future products and services; and Optimized talent management. As the fourth oldest school of pharmacy in the United States, the School of Pharmacy strives to lead pharmacy education, scientific discovery, patient care, and community engagement across the state of Maryland and beyond. With cutting-edge research initiatives and innovative clinical services, the School fosters an unparalleled environment that both values and nurtures pharmapreneurship among faculty and students alike. The School has an endowed professor in pharmapreneurship, several PharmD student scholarships focused on the topic, a pharmapreneurship elective in the PharmD curriculum, and several business plan pitching competitions for students.

Founded in 1807, UMB is comprised of a 61-acre research and technology complex that encompasses 65 buildings in West Baltimore near the Inner Harbor. It is the founding institution of the University System of Maryland and brings 214 years of history of achievement to its mission. UMB remains Maryland's only public academic health, human services, and law center with six professional schools and a graduate school which train the majority of the state's nurses, physicians, dentists, lawyers, social workers, and pharmacists. UMB enrolls over 7,100 students each year throughout their six nationally ranked professional schools. They offer 80 doctoral, master’s, baccalaureate, and certificate programs and confer most of the professional practice doctoral degrees awarded in Maryland.

The University is a thriving academic center and leader in health care and law. It serves as a catalyst for advancing scholarship, research, clinical care, social justice, and law. UMB maintains a deeply committed partnership with the greater Baltimore area as a prominent anchor institution. UMB students, faculty, and staff annually provide more than 2 million hours of volunteer service to external partners, constituencies, and stakeholders. In addition to its steadfast volunteer service, UMB’s $1.2 billion annual budget generates more than 18,000 jobs each year and produces more than $2.8 billion in annual economic activity. UMB recently adopted its 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, which is integrated with the University’s Core Values. The planning process now shifts to each school and administrative unit, with the expectation that each school or unit will develop, within the context of its own strategic plan, “SMART Goals” that map to the outcomes in the UMB Strategic Plan.

Dr. Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS was selected as the seventh president of UMB in September 2020, after serving as interim president for eight months. During the interim period, Dr. Jarrell led the University’s efforts to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. With the deans and vice presidents, Dr. Jarrell worked to further the University’s core values among faculty, staff, and students in the leadership, management, and promotion of the institution’s education, research, clinical, and community engagement agendas. Dr. Jarrell’s appointment as president was the latest in a long line of upward moves at UMB, where he has served as the chief academic and research officer, senior vice president, executive vice president, provost, and dean of the Graduate School. Dr. Jarrell reports to the USM Chancellor, Jay A. Perman, MD.

Dr. Roger Ward, EdD, JD, MPA, MSL was named provost and executive vice president of the UMB in October 2021 after serving in interim roles since January 2020, when he also was named dean of the Graduate School. Prior to that he served as senior vice president for operations and institutional effectiveness and has held a range of other leadership roles since he joined UMB in 2009.

The city of Baltimore, Maryland is home to vibrant cultural, art, and athletic attractions. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is world renowned as are the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art. The Inner Harbor houses attractions such as the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center. Both are within walking distance from UMB as are the stadiums of the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles. Also found in UMB's neighborhood is the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, home of the restored Hippodrome Theatre. The Hippodrome affords Baltimore the opportunity to enjoy touring Broadway and other performing arts presentations. Even closer to campus, the historic Lexington Market, one of the longest running markets in the country having been established in 1782, was revitalized in 2022 and boasts roughly 50 separate small businesses in the form of stalls and kiosks.

Baltimore is the home of numerous places of higher learning, both public and private. In addition to UMB, the City is the home of Johns Hopkins University; Maryland Institute College of Art; the University of Baltimore; as well as HBCU’s Coppin and Morgan State University. Their students, as well as visitors and residents, enjoy sampling some of our noted cuisine: Maryland blue crabs, Berger Cookies, crab cakes, Old Bay Seasoning, pit beef, and "chicken boxes".

Nicknamed the “City of Neighborhoods,” Baltimore is home to some of the earliest National Register Historic Districts in the nation, including Fell's Point, Federal Hill, and Mount Vernon which were added to the Register shortly after historic preservation legislation was passed. Visit and you will find iconic Baltimore row homes; water-view new construction condos; houses with roof decks and glorious views of the Harbor: and Victorian porch fronts on tree-lined streets.

The Dean is responsible for all education, research, service, and administrative functions throughout the School of Pharmacy. It is the responsibility of the Dean to ensure diversity and inclusion in all facets of the operation of the School.

Additional responsibilities of the Dean include:
  •  Lead, recruit, and retain a world-class faculty
  •  Champion a culture of collegiality and connectedness throughout the school and foster good relationships that will inspire all members of the community
  •  Develop, advance, and maintain innovative excellence in instructional and research programs through the recruitment and retention of high-quality faculty and staff
  •  Ensure that the School’s administration, faculty and staff, operations, and programs reflect the diversity of the School’s stakeholders, cultures and thinking
  •  Create a cooperative and risk-tolerant environment that fosters enthusiastic collaborations and positive faculty and staff relationships
  •  Provide strategic leadership and support for novel initiatives that foster the dissemination of knowledge and the creation of new knowledge
  •  Provide visionary leadership, direction, and support in implementing the strategic plan of the School of Pharmacy
  •  In collaboration with faculty and other stakeholders, develop, coordinate, and achieve short and long-term goals, objectives, and initiatives consistent with the strategic  plans of the School, University, and System
  •  Provide sound budgetary administration and leadership in financial planning for the School
  •  Foster and sustain strategic partnerships and collaborations with academic, community, and business institutions, nurturing the inclusion of alumni in the School’s programs, activities, strategic planning, and implementation processes
  •  Strengthen relationships with academic, community, health care, industry and business partners to enhance networking and career services for students and alumni
  •  Champion a student-centric culture that provides an exceptional learning experience, offers supportive services, embraces their academic success, and effectively prepares them for a breadth of rewarding careers
  •  Facilitate the development and adoption of promising career-focused curricula that capitalize on the expertise of the faculty
  •  Serve as the School’s primary advocate in interactions with local, state, and federal officials, and legislators, leveraging existing resources and identify new resources to advance pharmapreneurship
  •  Nurture relationships for both major gifts and annual giving, promoting the sharing of the School’s expertise with the community
  •  Oversee and enhance a rigorous portfolio of academic programs aimed at building a dynamic curriculum to train the next generation of Pharmacy practitioners, scholars, and administrators
  •  Provide and maintain a strong focus on the importance of professional development opportunities for staff and promote a culture of continuous learning across the School
  •  Supervise the School of Pharmacy’s appointment, promotion, and tenure process
  •  Establish and oversee a comprehensive quality assurance and effectiveness program that aligns with the standards established by the School’s respective accrediting bodies
  •  Develop and execute, in cooperation with the Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs, a fundraising program that aggressively seeks private, federal, and foundation funding
  •  Create a student-centered learning environment that is sensitive to the needs of the School’s diverse student population that results in distinctive, 21st century, post-pandemic educational experiences of the highest quality.
  •  Develop a facilities and capital improvement plan for the School of Pharmacy
  •  Promote a culture that supports and rewards entrepreneurial activity
  •  Position the School as a committed leader in helping to meet the health needs of underserved populations both at home and abroad
  •  Oversee and maintain an inclusive and transparent shared governance structure
  •  Develop and execute a vibrant and extramurally funded research program
  •  Engage in activity that enhances the national and international rank and reputation of the School
  •  Actively engage the School of Pharmacy’s Board of Visitors in support of the vision and mission of the School
  •  Support the UMB’s President, Provost, and the University’s senior leadership team in pursuing and achieving the University’s broader goals and objectives


The successful candidate will have the highest commitment to academic and scholarly standards and be an accomplished leader in their field. Successful candidates will also bring the following professional experience and traits, such as the ability to:

  •  Interact collegially with faculty and staff at various levels in the School and maintain effective relationships with alumni and relevant constituents
  •  Conduct research and synthesize results in a variety of areas
  •  Maintain a commitment of ensuring that student, faculty, and staff continue to represent the diversity of the communities served
  •  Present complex information to various audiences, such as governing boards and legislative bodies
  •  Prioritize ongoing and new projects necessary to implement a specific organizational program

Additionally, the candidates are expected to present evidence of the following:

  •  Skill in continuously seeking to improve the quality of services and processes
  •  Knowledge of the field, including major trends in pharmacy education, practice, and research, as well as accreditation, regulatory, and legal issues
  •  Strong financial acumen and the ability to solve problems, make timely decisions, provide initiative, analyze data and exhibit sound judgment
  •  Ability to foster a collaborative, solution-oriented community that accepts and embraces change
  •  Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills
  •  A track record of successful leadership, communication, staff building, team building, and superior organizational skills within a complex and diverse organization


The Dean should possess a PharmD or PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, or related field from an accredited institution of higher education. Eligibility for pharmacist licensure is preferred but not required. The Dean must possess a strong record of teaching, service, and scholarly accomplishments sufficient to support appointment as a tenured professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland.


The University of Maryland offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience.


The University of Maryland has retained the executive search firm Korn Ferry. Inquiries, nominations, and/or the below required application materials (in two separate PDFs) should be sent directly to Ms. Lori Hemmer at by April 24, 2023, for priority consideration.

  1.  An up-to-date and detailed curriculum vitae.
  2.  A letter of interest describing why you are interested in the role of Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland, why you would be successful based on your professional experience, and why now is a good time for you to consider this opportunity.


Josh Ward, PhD

Senior Client Partner

Education and Academic Medicine

Korn Ferry

(405) 640-3994

Lori Hemmer

Senior Associate

Education and Academic Medicine

Korn Ferry

(615) 347-9549

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