Dean, School of Pharmacy

Virginia Commonwealth University
Dean, School of Pharmacy

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) seeks an engaging, innovative and distinguished leader to serve as its next Dean, School of Pharmacy. This is an exciting opportunity to join a forward-thinking, top 20 nationally ranked school of pharmacy, and capitalize on its extensive strengths in order to advance, grow and innovate into the future. With renowned faculty and staff, extensive research, outstanding centers and cores, new programs on the horizon and curriculum modernizations underway, VCU School of Pharmacy is leading the future of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences education, research and scholarship. 

As chief academic and administrative officer at the School of Pharmacy, the Dean will collaboratively set the vision and strategic plan for the school. Among the responsibilities of the Dean will be to elevate the School’s distinguished research, clinical and educational enterprise; recruit, hire, develop and retain an exceptionally diverse, intellectually stimulating and inclusive faculty and staff; cultivate and strengthen relationships with key decision makers throughout the state; serve as a prominent voice and advocate for the School; and maintain its financial stability. The Dean is expected to demonstrate forward thinking and strategic use of resources, and represent the School within the University and the Health System, as well as externally. 

Established in 1898, VCU School of Pharmacy is at the scientific forefront of pharmacotherapy, pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry education and research. The School offers a strong curriculum focused on improving patient care through pharmaceutical research and state-of-the-art practice, and offers master's, doctoral and post-doctoral programs. With satellite campuses at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and Inova Health System in Northern Virginia, the VCU School of Pharmacy is based in the VCU Health campus in Richmond, Virginia, and aligned with the hospitals, clinics and research of VCU Health. 

Reporting to the Senior Vice President, VCU Health Sciences, the Dean will be a creative, collaborative and entrepreneurial leader, with an exceptional record as teacher, investigator and service leader, and proven ability to manage a complex academic enterprise. The Dean will have student success and well-being as a high priority, and will be committed to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and the University’s efforts in community engagement. The incoming Dean will hold a doctoral degree in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) or a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in a related field, and be eligible for appointment as a full professor. Candidates should have demonstrated scholarly achievement of national recognition and have a broad understanding of complex issues of contemporary pharmacy practice, with a bold vision for where pharmacy practice, research and education are headed.

Please direct all nominations, inquiries and application materials to Joyce De Leo, PhD, Jeff Schroetlin and Lyndsey Nicodem at  To ensure full consideration, candidates should provide a Cover Letter and a Statement of Contributions to Diversity with a Curriculum Vitae. Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. A full leadership profile is also available upon request. 

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability. Virginia Commonwealth University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.