Office of the Provost

Dean of the School of Pharmacy

Leadership profile

The University of Washington (UW) seeks an inspirational, experienced and visionary leader to serve as its next Dean of the School of Pharmacy. This is a unique opportunity to leverage the School’s significant strengths to advance research and scholarship, innovative education, clinical care, social responsibility, and public service across Seattle, Washington State, and beyond.

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Candidate campus visits

The Provost’s Advisory Search Committee has identified three finalists for dean of the School of Pharmacy. The candidates will visit the University of Washington for interviews and campus presentations beginning March 1, 2023. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the presentation (or view the livestream) given by each candidate. You will have the opportunity to provide feedback on each finalist via a confidential survey that will be made available on the provost’s website after each candidate’s presentation.

Information about the candidates, including their names and CVs, is confidential until 48 hours before their visit begins. Then, the information will be made available from this page, accessible to users with a UW NetID. The campus livestream presentations will be recorded and a link will be posted from this page.We appreciate and encourage your participation in this process.The scheduled visits are:

March 1-2, 2023

March 7-8, 2023

March 15-16, 2023

Advisory search committee

  • Frank Hodge, Professor and Dean, Foster School of Business, Chair
  • Jenny Arnold, CEO, Washington State Pharmacy Association
  • Aasthaa Bansal, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy
  • Kelly J. Campbell, Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration, School of Pharmacy
  • Tumaini Coker, Division Chief, General Pediatrics, School of Medicine
  • Steve Fijalka, Chief Pharmacy Officer, UW Medicine, Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy
  • Stephen Hawes, Chair and Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health
  • Dana Hurley, UW Foundation Board member, representing Pharmacy
  • Ed Kelly, Associate Professor, Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy
  • Munira Khalil, Chair and Professor, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Peyton Marquardt, PharmD student and Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council of Students
  • Leticia Salvador Vieira, PhD student in Pharmaceutics, Senior Leadership Committee member
  • Rheem Totah, Professor, Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy

Charge letter

Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for agreeing to serve on the advisory search committee to identify and recommend candidates for the position of Dean of the School of Pharmacy. This search may involve both internal and external candidates. Frank Hodge, Professor and Dean of the Foster School of Business, will chair the committee. We are fortunate to have such a superb committee.

Our goal is to have a new dean in place no later than Summer 2023. We seek a distinguished academic and a visionary leader for the School of Pharmacy who will work well with the UW community, including other academic units, public and non-profit partners, alumni, and donors. We are greatly indebted to Dean Sean Sullivan for his remarkable vision, leadership and energy as dean over the past 9 years. I am also grateful to Peggy Odegard for serving as interim dean as you carry out this search.

Enclosed is a copy of Executive Order 20 from the University of Washington Policy Directory, which sets forth the basic procedures for conducting a search for a dean. The University has a strong commitment to diversity, which I ask you to consider seriously as you build a pool of eligible candidates. Please establish protocols for seeking the opinions from members of the School of Pharmacy, broader UW faculty, student and staff communities, as well as other appropriate constituencies within and outside the University of Washington.

At the conclusion of the search, the President and I would like to receive from you the names of at least three highly qualified candidates.

I will attend a portion of your first committee meeting, to be scheduled soon, to discuss my priorities and expectations for the position and the search. At this meeting we will also seek your input on a draft position announcement. We are engaging a professional search firm to assist you in this search, which we will announce soon.

Thank you very much for accepting this important assignment.


Mark A. Richards
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor, Earth and Space Sciences

Charge letter (PDF)