Office of the Provost

Dean of the School of Pharmacy

July 21, 2014

Dr. Sean D. Sullivan selected as the next Dean of the School of Pharmacy

Dear Colleagues and Friends of the UW School of Pharmacy:Sean Sullivan

President Young and I are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sean D. Sullivan as the next Dean of the School of Pharmacy, effective September 15, 2014, subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.

Sean came to the University of Washington in 1992 and was promoted to associate professor in 1997 and full professor in 2001. He became the School’s associate dean for research in 2010. A pharmacist by training, Sean has held numerous leadership roles during his time at the University of Washington, including his most recent role as the Stergachis Endowed Director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program (PORPP) in the Department of Pharmacy and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education. He holds a joint appointment as professor of Health Services in the School of Public Health, and adjunct appointments in the School of Medicine (Allergy and Infectious Disease), at the Fred Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, and at the Group Health Research Institute.

It is an exciting time for pharmacy and pharmacy education as the health care environment in the U.S. is changing rapidly. There are unprecedented challenges ahead to improve access and quality, while reducing costs and unnecessary care. Drug therapy is becoming more complex and riskier. Recent health care reforms have accelerated opportunities and the necessity for pharmacists to work more closely with patients and their health care team, while federal budget constraints have affected biomedical and clinical research. The UW School of Pharmacy, with its school-based and affiliated clinical faculty and staff and strong partnerships with the other UW health sciences schools, is well positioned to graduate pharmacists and researchers prepared to meet these challenges locally, regionally, and nationally.

Sean has a strong vision for the School, building on its strengths as we go forward together. With expertise in pharmacy and graduate education, federally funded biomedical research and training, and pharmacy practice, he has the breadth of knowledge and skills to lead the School. We are excited that he brings into this important leadership position a passion and commitment for the UW, pharmacy, science, and the student experience. Please join us in congratulating Sean on his new role as Dean.

Ana Mari Cauce
Professor of Psychology
Provost and Executive Vice President
University of Washington