About the Position

The University at Buffalo (UB) seeks a talented and accomplished leader for the position of dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS). SPPS has long been recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent schools of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences, and is internationally recognized for its excellence in education and research.

The Opportunity

UB is the largest and most comprehensive university center in the State University of New York (SUNY) system and has been a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) since 1990. With one of the nation’s largest international enrollments and affiliation agreements with more than 80 universities in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa, UB is a global university in scope and impact, recognized around the world as a leading center for groundbreaking research and discovery. The 2012-13 Times Higher Education World University Rankings listed UB in the top 200 universities worldwide, affirming UB’s stature as one of the world’s best universities.

The SPPS dean will be a senior member of the university’s leadership team, working collaboratively with the university’s president, provost, vice president for health sciences, cabinet members, and other deans to advance the university’s ambitious UB 2020 vision. Ultimately, UB 2020 seeks to enhance the university’s distinction and relevance among the world’s foremost research universities and position UB as a recognized leader in responding to broadly defined societal challenges. In support of this vision, the new dean will oversee a period of significant growth in the nationally ranked pharmacy school. 

The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the school. He/she will report to both the provost/executive vice president for academic affairs, and to the vice president for health sciences in the areas of interprofessional education, health sciences collaborative research, and clinical programs. The dean is responsible for providing overall leadership to the school to promote academic excellence and advance its national and international prominence in research, and in graduate and undergraduate education. The ideal candidate will be an individual of integrity, an intellectual leader among the faculty, an advocate for the school and the university, a creative problem solver, an energetic and engaged partner in building and enhancing relationships with the school’s many constituencies and the local community, and a skilled and conscientious administrator.

Specifically, candidates should demonstrate experience and a vision for progress in the following areas:

Development and execution of strategic plans: The University continues to refine its strategic plans through UB2020. With the recent passage of historic state legislation that provides critical tools and stability to engage in long-range planning and institutional development across the disciplines, this is a transformational time for UB and SPPS. The dean will help define and articulate the specific strategies and provisions for SPPS within these ongoing plans, enable their execution to ensure the school is recognized for its exceptional research and educational programs, and identify a path for the school’s ongoing and long-term success.  

Education and research: The dean provides leadership to all aspects of the school’s varied educational programs, and must maintain the high caliber of those programs while also exploring opportunities for curricular change and innovation. The dean will value the school’s teaching mission, and will foster interdisciplinary and interprofessional education initiatives. Working with the faculty and UB leadership, the dean will meet enrollment goals, increase student diversity, and further strengthen the quality of the school’s student body.

SPPS is internationally renowned for its research accomplishments. The dean will promote and facilitate increased levels of extramural research funding that will extend the portfolio and impact of faculty discoveries, especially in interdisciplinary collaborations that address current challenges in the health sciences. The dean will actively pursue new external partnerships in support of SPPS research, and work with the faculty to identify additional opportunities in the areas of technology transfer and commercialization.

Faculty recruitment, development, and retention: The dean is responsible for the recruitment, appointment, promotion and tenure of faculty in the SPPS. The new dean will maintain the highest standards of quality and integrity in hiring and evaluation. He or she will be an effective recruiter of talented faculty and staff, and will promote diversity within those groups. The dean must invest in promising new faculty, increase the presence of accomplished senior faculty, and provide incentives and encouragement to retain the distinguished scholars who are already within the school. The dean will play a central, personal role in the ongoing support and development of all faculty members in their roles of teaching, research, and service that lead to tenure and promotion.

Stewardship, development, and outreach: The dean represents SPPS to internal and external constituents, as well as national and international groups. SPPS enjoys a large and very supportive alumni population. In cooperation with the university development and alumni groups, the dean is responsible for alumni relations, and is expected to devote substantial effort in development activities to generate additional philanthropic resources. The dean sustains and cultivates the school’s relationships with local and national corporate organizations, advancing SPPS interactions with industry partners, and furthering technology transfer and partnerships as appropriate. The dean will also be an engaged community member, enhancing the school’s existing relationships, while developing new relationships and collaborations for the school.

Budget and administration: The dean oversees all aspects of administration for SPPS, including personnel, space and fiscal management, and must ensure strategic utilization and sound stewardship of all of the school’s resources.

Credentials: The successful candidate will have an earned terminal degree in pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, or a related field, with academic credentials sufficient for appointment as a tenured full professor at UB. Candidates should offer a sophisticated understanding of trends and issues in pharmacy and health care, and significant relevant professional experience that prepares them for the opportunities and challenges articulated in this position profile.


The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Ranked among the top 20 pharmacy schools in the United States and considered one of the most prestigious, SPPS was founded in 1886. It is the second-oldest academic unit at UB and the only pharmacy school in the SUNY system.

Encompassing the departments of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences, the school offers professional, undergraduate, and graduate programs that educate and train future pharmacists and pharmaceutical research scientists as well as a rich and multifaceted research portfolio. Current enrollment is 580 students. SPPS employs approximately 70 faculty members, who generated $9.8 million in total research expenditures in fiscal year 2012.

Opened in September of 2012, John and Editha Kapoor Hall on the university’s South Campus is the new home of SPPS. The $62 million project created a 147,000-square-foot facility built to achieve silver certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a green building national rating system that provides standards for environmentally sustainable construction. The state-of-the-art building is designed to foster collaboration, innovation and excellence in education and research, and offers SPPS faculty and students enhanced opportunities for interdisciplinary research, education and patient care that will impact the future of global health care.

The School is part of the University’s Academic Health Center (AHC) which includes the Schools of Dental Medicine, Public Health & Health Professions, Nursing, Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and Pharmacy. Unlike some universities with academic health centers, UB does not have its own teaching hospital but rather participates with numerous healthcare and life sciences partners in the region in the teaching and training of its students. The comprehensive character of the AHC and the broader university represents a major intellectual, clinical and physical advantage to the school. It increases available resources for all faculty and students and facilitates research collaborations and innovative interprofessional education.


The SPPS faculty is known for its outstanding teaching, scholarship and research. SPPS has approximately 70 faculty members with expected faculty growth as a part of the UB 2020 plan. The faculty includes one SUNY Distinguished Professor (the highest rank within the SUNY system), and many who have received prestigious national and international honors, including awards from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. Numerous faculty members are active as editors or editorial board members of scholarly publications, and as fellows and officers of professional societies.

Wayne K. Anderson is stepping down as dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the end of the 2012-13 academic year to resume his faculty role as a teacher and scientist after 18 years of service in that position.


Pharmacy-related research is flourishing at UB, thanks to the cutting-edge, multidisciplinary initiatives taking place in SPPS. Research endeavors are diverse, covering clinical and bench research areas. SPPS has a well-established, international reputation for a tradition of excellence in teaching and research, and is well-positioned to continue and expand its leadership pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, protein therapeutics, HIV/AIDS and pharmacoinformatics. The school’s reputation for research is global in scale, due in part to UB's overarching support for emerging research areas as well as the faculty’s collaboration with external partners. The school’s excellent faculty members encompass a range of academic ranks with highly productive, largely NIH-funded research programs as well as corporate support. The school’s total annual research expenditures were $9.8 million in fiscal year 2012.

SPPS has partnered with the New York State Department of Health and SUNY’s Academic Health Centers to assist Medicaid in optimizing drug therapy for New York State patients. SPPS is assisting in this interdisciplinary effort with collaborators at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse and Stony Brook University, among others, to perform drug utilization reviews, pharmacy & therapeutics advisement, medication therapy management, and prescriber education.

SPPS-based or affiliated research centers include:

  • The Laboratory for Antiviral Research (LAR) is conducting a multisite clinical research program to establish a Drug Interactions and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Registry.
  • Center for Excellence in Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics was established to promote the development and application of PK/PD and pharmacometrics to the problems and challenges of drug therapy.
  • Center for Protein Therapeutics is located within Kapoor Hall and the NYS Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, with a mission to advance the application of pharmaceutical sciences in the development of protein drugs.
  • Center for Health Outcomes, Pharmacoinformatics and Epidemiology (cHOPE) is a producer and evaluator of the healthcare evidence base, serving local, regional, national, and international partners of the University as well as healthcare providers across the globe. The focus of this effort is on the optimization of pharmacotherapy in underserved populations.
  • Medical Management Research Network (MMRN) was developed by the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and SPPS to establish a bioinformatics infrastructure that conducts medication management research in areas that include health information and health care technology innovation.
  • New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, located in Buffalo’s downtown medical corridor, is the home of many SPPS faculty hosting part of the Center for Protein Therapeutics, the LAR, and the UB Proteomics Facility—an advanced bioanalytical facility with state-of-the-art LC/MS/MS instruments.

UB’s Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR) provides an interface between the inventive work of laboratory research and the applied commercial development that brings the benefits of that work to market. Its three divisions—intellectual property, funding, and commercialization—offer access to extensive resources and expertise to business leaders, researchers, and entrepreneurs.


The mission of the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is to educate students in pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical sciences, to create and disseminate knowledge in pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical sciences and to provide services to the community at large based upon this knowledge. The mission provides a focus on patient-centered care and recognizes pharmacist-delivered patient care as a mode of pharmacy practice within the health care team in which the patient is empowered to achieve the desired outcomes of drug and related therapy. This mission is to be achieved consistent with the highest ethical standards and a focus on diversity and cultural sensitivity.

The mission also recognizes that research in the broad area of the clinical and basic pharmaceutical sciences is necessary to create and maintain a body of knowledge needed for professional education, health care delivery and the advancement of science. In this context, SPPS aims to enhance the local, national and international leadership of the school and continue it as one of UB’s and SUNY’s strongest academic components, by focusing on the areas of unique strength within the school and the areas that form innovative, interdisciplinary bridges within the university.

Among the elite pharmacy programs in the nation, the SPPS has consistently maintained a ranking within the top 20 Schools of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences by U.S. News and World Report. Because of the school’s reputation, UB attracts academically talented students from across the world and supports their learning experience with scholarships. The School offers approximately $350,000 in competitive scholarships each year, thanks to the generosity of alumni, friends, and various organizations and corporations.

The two academic departments within SPPS are Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Pharmacy Practice provides didactic and experiential training to allow students to become highly skilled members of the health care team providing patient care. Many faculty in this department carry secondary appointments in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Pharmaceutical Sciences focuses on instruction and research training in diverse aspects of drug action, including drug discovery and various elements of drug evaluation, examined at the molecular, genomic, biochemical, biological and clinical levels through an interdisciplinary curriculum.

In addition to traditional academic degrees within the school’s two academic departments, SPPS also offers a variety of other related education and training programs. The Scholars Program is designed to identify students with demonstrated excellence in academic achievement who have an interest in postgraduate training, and provides mentorship to third and fourth professional year students in the areas of clinical practice, scholarship and teaching. Joint degree programs are offered in law (JD), business (MBA), public health (MPH), pharmacometrics (MS) and pharmaceutical sciences (PhD). The office of Post-Graduate Education is an ACPE accredited provider of Continuing Pharmacy Education that oversees and administers programs for practicing pharmacists designed to provide reviews and updates of drug classes and therapies, pharmacy law, and emerging technologies used in pharmacy practice. It also oversees the residency programs affiliated with the school.

SPPS enrollment for the 2012-13 academic year is 580 students. The PharmD program enrolls 483 students, and Pharmaceutical Sciences enrollment is 97 (35 BS, 4 BS/MS, 24 MS, and 34 PhD students). In 2012, SPPS conferred 115 PharmD degrees, eight BS degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences, seven MS degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences and five PhDs in Pharmaceutical Sciences. In addition to the students enrolled in SPPS degree programs, there are 749 undergraduates in the university’s Pre-Pharmacy curriculum, which typically requires three years of study prior to admission to the PharmD program, and 34 undergraduates in a highly competitive pre-pharmaceutical sciences program.

Since SPPS offers professional as well as undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the predominant teaching and learning approaches and corresponding assessment strategies are notably diverse. Faculty use varied instructional methods including traditional didactic formats, simulation, experiential-based activities, and asynchronous distance learning activities, supported by a variety of current and emerging instructional technologies (e.g., audience response systems).  However, the employed strategies vary by degree type, with experiential education, case-based and problem-based learning activities comprising a notable portion of the instructional programming in the professional degree (i.e., the PharmD program) and targeted cognitive development strategies to promote critical thinking and problem-solving being more predominant in the undergraduate and graduate science degree programs.


To enhance educational outcomes and outreach, SPPS students participate in a variety of community-based service learning activities that provide interdisciplinary training opportunities as well as direct health care to regional populations, including the underserved. The effectiveness of the school’s educational efforts is reflected in a variety of areas in which its faculty and graduates work and contribute: drug development, drug dispensing, and health care regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The school’s active engagement includes a wide array of external partners as well as alumni. There is a strong and very supportive alumni base in Western New York, where nine out of 10 of the region’s pharmacists were educated in UB’s pharmacy program.

SPPS faculty members also maintain active and administrative roles in many community organizations including the Pharmacists Association of Western New York (PAWNY), Western New York Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (WNYSHP), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). Faculty members have served as advocates for improved patient care legislation, have been key collaborators for the initiation of “Drug Take Back Day” in Western New York, and have participated each year with students in Pharmacy Day, an advocacy and awareness program in NY’s state capitol, Albany.

UB Overview

Impactful research, scholarly distinction, transformative student experiences and far-reaching service to local, state, national and international communities define UB’s mission as a premier research-intensive public university. UB was founded in 1846 as a private medical college located in downtown Buffalo. UB joined SUNY in 1962 and is, today, the largest, most comprehensive research-intensive university within the 64-campus SUNY system, and its primary center for professional education and training. UB enrolls close to 29,000 students (approximately 2/3 undergraduate and 1/3 graduate and professional students), and offers nearly 400 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, professional and doctoral levels across its 12 decanal units.

UB is a global community of scholars, consistently ranking among the nation’s top 10-20 universities for the enrollment of international students. UB’s current international enrollment is 19% of the overall student body.

Continuing to elevate the university in excellence, impact, and stature is the guiding objective of the UB 2020 vision, and the university is actively pursuing this vision by building excellence across its research, education, and engagement activities, and in the physical environment that supports this broader academic enterprise. 

UB’s president and provost recently launched the Realizing UB 2020 initiative as the next evolution of this vision, building on the progress and momentum the university has achieved and using it as the springboard for taking the institution to the next level of excellence. This process is focused on defining the distinctive qualities that set the university apart from its peers, and aligning these distinctive qualities to allow UB to lead with even greater impact in the 21st century.

Recognizing the key role that a vibrant 21st-century physical campus environment plays in enhancing education, research and learning, as part of the UB 2020 vision UB is implementing a long-range plan for enhancing its North, South and Downtown campus spaces and connecting them more effectively to their surrounding communities. UB’s North Campus, located in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst, is the university’s main undergraduate campus, and home to the university’s primary athletics and cultural facilities. Three miles to the south, on the northern edge of the City of Buffalo, is the university’s historical South Campus, which serves as the primary health sciences campus. UB also has a rapidly developing third campus center in downtown Buffalo. The focal point of UB’s downtown presence is the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, on which UB’s new medical school facility will be constructed in proximity to the university’s health and life science partners.

The university’s total workforce of approximately 6,600 full-time equivalent employees makes it one of the region’s largest employers. UB is a leader and an active partner with the more than 20 public and private colleges and universities in the Buffalo Niagara region.


UB leadership

Satish K. Tripathi, President

Internationally recognized as an accomplished researcher and transformative higher education leader, Satish K. Tripathi, Ph.D., was appointed the 15th president of the University at Buffalo on April 18, 2011. His vision for UB’s future focuses on moving the university into the highest ranks of the nation’s leading research universities through expanding its reach and impact locally, as well as globally.

Dr. Tripathi, who served as UB’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs from 2004-11, was one of the principal creators of the UB 2020 strategic plan to achieve academic research excellence, and has led the university to achieve significant growth in research and scholarly activity, enhanced student quality and diversity, and an expanded international presence. A fellow of the IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he is a distinguished scholar in the field of computer science.

Charles F. Zukoski, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

A preeminent scholar in chemical engineering and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Charles F. Zukoski, Ph.D., was named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs on June 1, 2012. Dr. Zukoski joined UB from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he had previously served as professor and head of the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and as vice chancellor of research. From 2008-2011, he held the position of Chair of the Science and Engineering Research Council in Singapore. Dr. Zukoski was named one of the Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Michael E. Cain, Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Michael E. Cain, M.D., is a renowned cardiovascular physician-scientist, and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society. Dr. Cain was appointed UB’s vice president for health sciences in 2011 and serves concurrently as dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, a position he has held since 2006. A specialist in the area of abnormal heart rhythms, Dr. Cain joined UB from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he was the director of the Cardiovascular Division, the Tobias and Hortense Lewin Professor of Medicine, and professor of biomedical engineering.

Buffalo Niagara

The Buffalo-Niagara region, home to 1.5 million residents, is the state’s second largest major metropolitan area, exceeded only by New York City. The region includes a diverse blend of communities, each with its own distinct personality, yet commonly characterized by a distinctly neighborly way of life, an unpretentious nature and spirited loyalty among residents. Buffalo’s own strong sense of community, easy lifestyle and affordability regularly place it in top ten lists from a variety of national publications for its overall quality of life.

Buffalo offers an impressive array of cultural and recreational opportunities uncommon for a region of its size. Buffalo’s rich cultural resources reflect its distinguished history and it commitment to sustaining the arts in its future. Among its cultural treasures are the Grammy-Award winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; the world-class collection of modern art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; an extensive array of architecturally significant buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, and Eero and Eliel Saarinen; and an expansive park system considered to be the very best work of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The city is home to the state’s largest concentration of live performance theaters outside of New York City.

The Buffalo Niagara region is rich in natural resources and beauty that offers the best for outdoor sports enthusiasts in all four seasons. Fans enjoy a full complement of NCAA Division I sports with the UB Bulls, as well as the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, Triple-A baseball’s Buffalo Bisons, and the National Lacrosse League’s Buffalo Bandits.

Less than a two-hour drive from Buffalo across the United States-Canada border is Toronto, the cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada. Buffalo is also ideally located for easy access to many of America’s greatest cities, with New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington, D.C. only an hour’s flight time from Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.

Nomination and application procedures

Additional information about the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences can be found at the school’s website, http://www.pharmacy.buffalo.edu or at the search website, http://www.buffalo.edu/PharmacyDeanSearch.html.

Nominations and applications are now being accepted. Interested individuals should provide a curriculum vitae and an optional letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position. All nominations and applications should be sent electronically via e-mail (Microsoft Word or PDF attachments strongly preferred) to:

                Ilene Nagel & Mirah Horowitz

                Consultants to the Search Committee

                Russell Reynolds Associates        


All materials and inquiries will be held in strict confidence until the final stages of the search, at which time the express permission of the finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate.

Compensation for this position is highly competitive. It is anticipated that the Dean will begin service prior to the start of the 2013-14 academic year. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until a dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is appointed.

The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.