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About the Position

The University at Buffalo (UB) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS). A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the largest and most comprehensive public research university in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, UB is an internationally renowned center for academic excellence. One of the oldest pharmacy schools in the nation and the first within the SUNY system, SPPS is nationally and internationally recognized for its ground-breaking research and innovation and for its excellent, hands-on academic programs that prepare students to become the next generation of competent and caring health care professionals.

The SPPS dean will be a member of the university’s senior leadership team, working with the president, provost, vice president for health sciences, deans and other senior leaders to advance the university’s mission of excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As the academic and administrative head of the school, the dean reports to both the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and 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, foster an inclusive environment, and advance its national and international prominence in research, education, and engagement.

For the next SPPS dean, UB is seeking an accomplished professional, educator and researcher with a strong commitment to pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education and to diversity, equity and inclusion among the school’s constituents. The ideal candidate will be an individual of integrity, an intellectual driver, an advocate for the school and the university, a facilitator of interdisciplinary work within the school and across the university, an energetic and engaged partner in building and enhancing relationships with the school’s many constituents and the larger community, and a skilled administrator.

The dean should have substantial experience in a distinguished academic or comparable setting and the capacity to formulate and articulate a shared vision, persuade a wide range of audiences of its value, and engage others in its implementation. The dean will have distinguished academic credentials in a pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences field including a record of significant scholarly and/or clinical accomplishment, excellence in teaching and mentorship, and service record appropriate to appointment at the rank of full professor at a research university.

In addition, candidates should demonstrate significant capacity for and a clear vision for progress in the following areas:

  • Working with faculty, staff and students to define and articulate the school’s vision, direction, and priorities to further distinguish SPPS; enhance its prominence in research, graduate and undergraduate education; advance the practice of pharmacy through advocacy and faculty engagement in interprofessional healthcare; and identify a path for the school’s ongoing and long-term success
  • Fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive community within the school
  • Promoting increased sponsored research and external faculty and student awards and honors
  • Ensuring that programs are in place to enhance students’ opportunities for success
  • Enhancing the school’s portfolio of activities and achievements in the broad arenas of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences
  • Maintaining the highest standards of quality through ensuring the integrity and clarity of the tenure and promotion processes
  • Providing resourceful and sound financial, structural and human resources management for the school
  • Building upon the school’s strong relationships with alumni, the regional healthcare system, community members, state and local government and other external constituencies
  • Serving as an enthusiastic and effective advocate for the school and university to internal and external constituencies and widely promoting the accomplishments of faculty, students and programs
  • Devoting substantial effort to development activities in order to generate additional resources for the school

Applications and nominations should be submitted as indicated at the end of this profile.

Opportunities and Challenges

The successful dean will offer a sophisticated understanding of trends and issues in pharmacy and health care, and significant relevant professional experience that prepares them to address the following opportunities and challenges that are central to the school’s future success:

Foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive community

The new dean must demonstrate a vision for, as well as a record of success in, recruiting, supporting, mentoring and retaining faculty, staff and students from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives. Diversity, inclusion, and respect are core values of the UB and SPPS communities. UB recognizes that a diverse, equitable and inclusive community is an essential foundation for achieving academic excellence and success. One of the university’s top priorities is to improve the hiring and retention of faculty members from diverse sociocultural backgrounds and our goal is to at least double the number of faculty from underrepresented backgrounds at UB in five years. 

Develop innovative enrollment growth strategies

Despite increased competition from pharmacy programs in New York State and a national decrease in the number of applicants for pharmacy practice programs in recent years, SPPS has maintained strong enrollment. To continue attracting excellent students to SPPS programs, the dean will have a comprehensive understanding of the issues currently facing pharmacy schools at public universities around the nation. The ideal candidate must be creative, flexible, innovative, and willing to meet these challenges with new ideas and optimism. This includes finding ways to increase and leverage resources in order to consistently maximize opportunities for enrollment optimization, growing enrollment in high needs areas, and working with faculty to develop programs and experiences that represent unique and distinctive areas of excellence. 

Recruit and retain world-class faculty and foster faculty excellence and recognition in scholarship, education, clinical practice, and service

The dean is responsible for the recruitment, appointment, promotion and tenure of a diverse and excellent faculty in the school. The dean will lead the school in actively recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty and will seek creative ways to use school, university and SUNY resources to recruit and retain faculty and support faculty activities and development. The dean will 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. As an academic and administrative leader, the dean must provide visionary, collaborative, and inspiring leadership in the ongoing support and development of all faculty members in their roles of teaching, research, and service. The dean must work effectively with faculty across the school to understand and support their diverse needs. In addition, the dean will enhance faculty visibility by encouraging faculty to seek prestigious grants, awards and honors, and developing strategies to support and increase this kind of recognition. 

Enable impactful faculty research and innovation

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.

Develop and implement innovative academic and academic support programs aligned with school strengths and students' and society's needs

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 work with faculty to develop processes to continually evaluate academic support programs to ensure these programs instill students with the knowledge, skills and professionalism necessary to be tomorrow’s pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, professionals and leaders. The dean will ensure that SPPS offers academic support programs that enhance student retention and success while at UB and beyond.  The dean will lead initiatives to develop new, innovative and distinctive academic programs, as appropriate. This includes increasing experiential learning, interprofessional education, and international experience opportunities; developing interdisciplinary programs with other units on campus; and launching innovative programs that may expand beyond existing academic structures.

Encourage and support interdisciplinary connections university-wide and across departments and schools

While the dean’s central responsibility is the success of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The dean is also a leader in the UB community at large. UB is committed to using its strengths and comprehensiveness to address the world’s grand challenges through transdisciplinary research and education. We seek a dean who will continue to be supportive of UB’s interdisciplinary research and educational programs, promote faculty participation in them, and actively engage in advancing and developing new opportunities for future partnerships for the mutual benefit of the units involved and to advance the overall strategic priorities of UB. SPPS faculty members are currently integral partners and leaders in a variety of innovative campus-wide and multi-school research, education, and service initiatives. The dean will encourage continued and increased faculty engagement in these programs. 

Maintain and enhance the school's industry partnerships and engagement with local, national, and global communities

The dean represents SPPS to internal and external constituents, as well as national and international groups, enhancing the school’s engagement with alumni and the regional healthcare community to inform educational and research programs and engage support for the school. The dean sustains and cultivates the school’s relationships with clinical associates and healthcare systems, providing student training and faculty research opportunities. In addition, the dean builds and sustains 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. In addition, the dean will encourage and support research, educational programs, and engagement activities that make a difference beyond the campus.

Advance alumni relations and philanthropic support

Now more than ever, universities engage alumni and friends as strategic partners. SPPS enjoys a large and very supportive alumni population, which is one of the school’s greatest resources, impacting its efforts in recruitment, precepting, community engagement, research, mentorship and career support, and philanthropy. In cooperation with the university development and alumni groups, the dean will serve as a leader and active champion for alumni engagement for SPPS. As part of the Boldly Buffalo campaign and beyond, the dean will be an energetic, enthusiastic and convincing advocate with alumni, corporate and other donors to broaden and deepen the school’s fundraising efforts.  

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Overview

Founded in 1886, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has continually been a leader in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, renowned for innovation in clinical practice and research. The premier pharmacy school in New York State and a national leader in education and research, SPPS is the No. 1 ranked school of pharmacy in New York State and No. 14 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.  The school is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE).

Encompassing the Departments of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the school has a mission to improve health through innovation and leadership in pharmacy education, clinical practice and research. SPPS 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. SPPS employs 50 faculty members and 74 dedicated, full-time staff members. Current enrollment is 811 students, including 290 undergraduates (including pre-PharmD students) and 521 graduate and professional students.  

Opened in September of 2012, the Pharmacy Building on UB’s historic South Campus is the home of SPPS. The state-of-the-art, 160,000 square-foot 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 building is certified gold under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, a green building national rating system that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Among the state-of-the-art research and learning spaces, the Pharmacy Building includes the Pharmaceutical Sciences Shared Instrumentation Facility, Collaborative Computational Facilities, Pharmaceutical Genetics Laboratory, Compounding Lab, Model Pharmacy, and an Apothecary Museum, which serves to preserve artifacts from the history of pharmacy and the practice of medicine in Western New York and the surrounding areas.

UB is a member of the Association of Academic Health Centers, an elite group of national health professional schools that leads on issues concerning health science education. SPPS is part of the university’s Academic Health Center (AHC), which includes the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and School of Public Health and Health Professions. UB’s AHC brings together the talents of clinicians, educators and researchers to provide a superb research and educational environment to foster basic discovery in the biosciences, health-sciences translational research, preventive and interventional clinical trials, superb clinical care, and training of the next generation of health care practitioners in these disciplines. The comprehensive character of the AHC and the broader university represents a major intellectual, clinical and physical advantage to SPPS. It increases available resources for all faculty and students and facilitates research collaborations and innovative interprofessional education.

The university boasts a robust network of clinical and research affiliations with a variety of local, regional, national and international sites, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Nobel Prize-winning Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, Great Lakes Health System, the National Institutes of Health, the AIDS Clinical Trial Group, and the University of Zimbabwe, Harare.

SPPS is guided by a strategic plan, created in 2014 and currently under revision, which is aligned with UB’s institutional priorities and has guided priorities for the school in education, clinical practice, research and scholarship, and service and outreach. In addition, SPPS is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse, multicultural community of students, faculty, staff, mentors and preceptors and to building an equitable, inclusive and respectful environment within the school. In 2020, SPPS launched several diversity and inclusion initiatives to achieve this goal.

Faculty

SPPS employs 50 faculty members, including 44 full-time faculty (23 tenured/tenure track) and 6 part-time faculty.

SPPS’s faculty members have provided the groundwork for some of the most important advances in pharmaceutical care. SPPS faculty rank among the very best in their fields, recognized nationally and internationally as ground-breaking researchers, world-class scholars and outstanding teachers who are eager to share their scientific and clinical expertise with their students. In 2018-19, SPPS faculty generated $11.4 million in total research expenditures.

The SPPS faculty currently includes three professors who have been promoted to the SUNY Distinguished Ranks – the highest academic rank in the State University of New York system – and one who holds the title of UB Distinguished Professor. The school has three endowed chairs. SPPS faculty members occupy leadership roles in professional organizations and serve in editorial positions for respected journals in their fields. The faculty includes fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science, American Society of Transplantation, Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), International Society of Pharmacometrics (ISoP), and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

Members of the SPPS faculty have received numerous awards and honors that recognize the strength and impact of their scholarship, teaching, and service. Among many other national and international awards, in the last five years, SPPS faculty have received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award; Medal of Honor from the Argentine Society of Genetics; Innovation Awards from ISoP, AAPS, and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations; ISoP Lewis B. Sheiner Lecturer Award; the Malle Jurima-Romet Mid-Career Leadership Award,  William Abrams Lecture Award, and Oscar B. Hunter Career Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT); New Investigator Awards and the Volwiler Research Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP); the AAPS Distinguished Service Award; and the AAPS Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award. For more examples of the SPPS faculty’s myriad accomplishments and recognitions, see the school’s news webpage

Research

UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences world-renowned researchers challenge scientific boundaries and define the future of medication research. Their research spans drug interaction, from discovery to development to clinical application. SPPS faculty are leading developments in precision pharmacotherapy, resulting in improved patient outcomes and improvements for future public policy initiatives. The school’s total annual research expenditures were $11.4 million in 2018-19.

The AACP ranks SPPS in the top 30 universities for research funding, including total extramural funding and highly competitive National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant support, providing researchers with a powerful foundation that facilitates groundbreaking discoveries and solutions to critical health challenges. This includes an impressive five faculty members who have received over $45 million in continuous NIH single-project research support – including one project that has been funded for over 40 years.

The University at Buffalo’s long-range strategic vision is focused on continually pursuing academic and research excellence, and expanding the university’s engagement and impact locally, nationally and globally. A key UB effort has been to promote and support collaborative, cross-disciplinary research that is dedicated to addressing the most critical issues, ideas and challenges of our time. SPPS faculty members are integral partners and participants in a variety of innovative campus-wide and multi-school initiatives, including:

  • Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences: A hub for life sciences innovation and technology-based economic development driving scientific discovery, facilitating collaboration among academia, industry and the public sector to create jobs that directly impact the region’s and state’s economies
  • Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions: Includes more than 85 faculty members and scientists investigating addiction, from exploring its basic scientific mechanisms to developing new approaches to patient care
  • Clinical and Translational Science Institute: Accelerates the delivery of basic scientific discoveries from the laboratory to clinical trials, and from clinical trials into general practice
  • Community Health Equity Research Institute: Conducts research that addresses the root causes of health disparities in Buffalo, while developing and testing innovative solutions to eliminate health inequities in the region
  • Genome, Environment and Microbiome: Advances understanding of the genome, microbiome and environmental factors to revolutionize the emerging field of personalized medicine
  • Global Health Equity: Approaches the grand challenge of global health inequity by bringing together faculty and students from the health sciences and disciplines that are focused on social, economic, political, and environmental conditions that lead to inequities

In addition, SPPS hosts numerous research centers and projects that address a wide variety of societally relevant topics, including:

  • Center for Drug Delivery: Pursues industry partnerships, fosters interdisciplinary training and provides a core facility for investigators interested in discovering and advancing innovative drug delivery and therapy strategies
  • Center of Excellence in Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics: Promoting the development and application of PK/PD to the problems and challenges of drug therapy
  • Center for Health Outcomes, Pharmacoinformatics and Epidemiology (HOPE): Collaborates with regional, national and international partners to provide evidenced-based health care research focusing on pharmacotherapy optimization for underserved populations
  • Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences: International hub for innovation that uses education, training and research to promote novel discovery, maximize technology and foster translation in response to global health challenges. View international research and education projects here.
  • Center for Protein Therapeutics: Works with leading pharmaceutical companies to advance the development of next-generation protein drugs, providing improved effectiveness and convenience for users
  • Center for Proteomics: Focuses on ultra-sensitive quantification of small-molecule analytes such as drugs, metabolites and biomolecules, comprehensive protein expression profiling and differential proteome analysis, and ultra-sensitive quantification of proteins/peptides
  • Clinical Pharmacology Quality Assurance Program: NIH-funded, cross-network program that develops and conducts quality assurance activities in support of HIV translational research and clinical trial networks to improve the quality of pharmacology data and increase awareness of the importance of pharmacology at clinical sites
  • Drug Development Core: Brings together the expertise of UB and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to provide a resource (including training) in preclinical and early clinical development for novel compounds for investigators
  • Laboratory for Antimicrobial Pharmacodynamics: Focuses on novel approaches to combat bacterial resistance by studying interdisciplinary areas including antimicrobial pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, clinical pharmacology, bacterial genetics, and translational medicine
  • Transplantation Immunosuppressive Pharmacology Research Program: Focuses on understanding the relationship between the pharmacokinetics of immunosuppressive drugs, pharmacodynamics of immunologic markers, and pharmacogenomic endpoints as related to gender, race and age of transplant recipients
  • Translational Pharmacology Research Core: A collaboration across UB schools, research centers, and New York State to do innovative global health research
  • UB-UZ HIV Research Training Program: a postgraduate fellowship training and research collaboration between UB and the University of Zimbabwe with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS clinical pharmacology

UB’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and its constituent units and programs guide and support faculty research, as well as technology transfer and entrepreneurial activities.

Students and Academic Programs

Among the most elite pharmacy programs in the nation, SPPS consistently attracts academically talented students from around the world. SPPS enrollment for Fall 2020 is 811 students, including 483 PharmD students, 290 undergraduates (includes pre-PharmD students), 44 MS, and 38 PhD students. In 2019, SPPS conferred 131 PharmD degrees, 14 BS degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 10 MS degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences and 12 PhDs in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Among undergraduates, SPPS has a student retention rate of 88%.

SPPS graduates are highly regarded and sought after for positions in academe and research and by industry-leading employers. The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education ranked SPPS second in the nation for producing deans or chairs at other U.S. pharmacy schools.

SPPS offers 16 degree programs to prepare students for a variety of high-impact career options. These include the PharmD; BS, MS, and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences; MS in Pharmacometrics and Personalized Pharmacotherapy; six collaborative PharmD programs (PharmD/MBA, PharmD/MPH, PharmD/JD, PharmD/MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, PharmD/MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacometrics and Personalized Pharmacotherapy, and PharmD/PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences); and four combined PharmD expedited degree completion tracks from Biology, Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences or Pharmaceutical Sciences.

In addition, SPPS offers micro-credential programs focused on improving competencies in data analysis, clinical and translational research, and application of enhanced patient care principles and leadership, as well as postgraduate residency programs that provide essential clinical training for advancement within the profession of pharmacy. 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.

SPPS holds over 40 unique partnering agreements with private colleges, as well as SUNY four-year and two-year institutions, to offer diverse opportunities to competitive students from across the country. These include 2+4 agreements that give community college students the opportunity to streamline courses, better preparing them to enter the PharmD program; 3+4 agreements that allow four-year undergraduates to enter the PharmD program after completing three years of study;  and 4+4 agreements that allow students to streamline course for admittance to the PharmD program. These agreements help strengthen and diversify UB’s PharmD program and allow students to consider a career in pharmacy earlier in their decision-making process.

SPPS students participate in UB’s nationally recognized interprofessional education program, through which pharmacy students train with other students in professional health sciences programs, including medicine, nursing, dentistry, and allied health, as well as students in social work, law and management, to become collaborative-practice ready. SPPS students apply these skills in real world settings. Through opportunities like teaching medication management to the burgeoning immigrant population in Buffalo, medical mission trips throughout the Caribbean and Central America, and SPPS’s extensive experiential education program comprising more than 650 national and international training sites supported by 1,100 preceptors, students gain the knowledge, cultural competence and leadership skills necessary for future success.

Engagement and Community Impact

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences encourages faculty, staff, and students to engage in regional, national and global communities through partnerships, research, education, economic development, and outreach activities, recognizing the importance of engagement as vital to SPPS’s and UB’s missions.

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 nearly 6,000 alumni. There is a strong and very supportive alumni base in Western New York – where a substantial majority of the region’s pharmacists were educated in UB’s pharmacy program – who support student activities, serve as preceptors and mentors, participate in school and campus events, and serve on the SPPS Dean’s Advisory Council.

SPPS faculty members also maintain active and administrative roles in many professional organizations including but not limited to the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Pharmacists Association, and the National Community Pharmacists Association. Faculty members have served as advocates for improved patient care legislation, have been key collaborators for the semi-annual “Drug Take Back Day” in Western New York, and have participated each year with students in Pharmacy Day, an advocacy and awareness program in 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 one of the nation’s leading public research universities. UB was founded in 1846 as a private medical college located in downtown Buffalo and joined the SUNY network in 1962. SUNY is the largest state university system in the United States, and UB is the largest and most comprehensive public research university within the system. In 1989, UB was among the first public universities in the Northeast to be admitted into the AAU. Over the years, UB’s scope and mission have expanded significantly as it has grown into a world-renowned research university that is the thriving heart of the regional community, a national leader in public higher education, and a global hub for excellence in research and education.

UB enrolls more than 31,000 students (approximately two-thirds undergraduate and one-third graduate and professional students), and offers more than 400 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, professional, and doctoral levels across its 12 decanal units. UB is a global community of scholars, ranking among the nation’s top 30 universities for the enrollment of international students in the Open Doors census for nearly two decades. International students currently represent 16% of total enrollment at UB. The university enjoys a strong presence abroad, maintaining affiliation agreements with 96 universities in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa. UB’s more than 273,000 alumni live in 150 countries worldwide.

UB has a distinguished faculty of approximately 1,750 full-time and 740 part‑time members. UB is home to more than 100 research centers and institutes; its current annual research expenditures, including those in affiliated institutions, exceed $400 million. The University Libraries hold more than four million volumes in eight libraries and provide access to an exceptionally wide array of digital information resources.

UB’s academic programs and facilities are located on three distinct campuses in the Buffalo metropolitan area. UB’s North Campus, located in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst, is the university’s main undergraduate campus, and 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 historic South Campus, home to many of the university’s professional schools including the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 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 Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences facility is located in proximity to the university’s health and life science partners.

Recognizing the key role that a vibrant 21st-century physical campus environment plays in enhancing education, research, and learning, UB is realizing a long-range Master Plan for enhancing its North, South, and Downtown campus spaces and connecting them more effectively to their surrounding communities.

With an annual operating revenue of $849 million, UB and its affiliated entities generate an estimated economic impact of $1.8 billion annually in New York State. The university’s total workforce of over 6,000 full-time equivalent employees makes it one of the region’s largest employers. UB is also 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, PhD, was appointed the 15th president of the University at Buffalo on April 18, 2011.

Dr. Tripathi, who served as UB’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs from 2004-2011, was one of the principal creators of the UB 2020 strategic plan to achieve academic 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. Building on this strong foundation, Dr. Tripathi has a vision for UB’s future that 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.

The first international-born president in UB’s history, Dr. Tripathi served as dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California-Riverside prior to coming to UB. Previously, he was a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where his 19-year tenure as a faculty member included serving as chair from 1988-1995. A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he holds honorary degrees from the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, and Brock University in Ontario, Canada. In 2009, he was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by Banaras Hindu University.

An active leader in the national higher education community, Dr. Tripathi is chair of the Mid‑American Conference Council of Presidents and serves on the boards of the NCAA Division I, NCAA Board of Governors, College Football Playoff Board of Managers and Internet2. He has also served on the board of directors for  the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Among his numerous community leadership roles, Dr. Tripathi serves on the boards of directors of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and Great Lakes Health. Appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2011 as an inaugural co-chair of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, he served in this position until 2017.

A. Scott Weber, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

As Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, A. Scott Weber, PhD, serves as the university’s chief academic officer, responsible for leading the development and implementation of the university’s academic vision. Dr. Weber provides leadership across the academic enterprise including research, scholarship and creative activities; undergraduate, graduate, professional and international education; faculty development; diversity and inclusion initiatives; and university libraries. 

A member of UB’s faculty since 1983, Dr. Weber is an innovative scholar and teacher and former chair of UB’s Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, where he helped establish UB’s transportation engineering program and oversaw the department’s significant rise in national rankings among U.S civil engineering programs.

Dr. Weber has held progressively responsible administrative roles at UB, including senior vice provost for academic affairs, where he provided leadership for graduate and undergraduate education, centralized enrollment services, student-support services and transformative extracurricular programs.  He led efforts to ensure that students have an outstanding educational experience with opportunities to engage in truly distinctive research, creative and public service activities that are hallmarks of a top-tier university education. He was instrumental in the creation of the UB Curriculum and the nationally recognized Finish in 4 program. In addition, Dr. Weber served as vice president for student life, where he focused on providing UB’s students with exceptional programs and services that offer opportunities to build communities, encourage discovery, promote wellness, and allow students to grow and prosper.

Dr. Weber’s research focuses on biodegradation of chemicals in water and soil and the reclamation of environmentally impacted sites known as brownfields. He earned bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and a PhD in civil engineering from the University of California, Davis.

Michael E. Cain, Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean, Jacobs 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 Jacobs 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. 

The State University of New York

The State University of New York is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive state university system, consisting of 64 campuses including major research universities, health science centers, comprehensive and technical colleges, and community colleges, all committed to providing a broad range of outstanding academic programs for students within New York and from around the world. It enrolls more than 415,000 students annually, employs more than 90,000 faculty and staff, and connects more than three million alumni around the world.  Dr. James Malatras was named the 14th Chancellor of SUNY in August 2020.

The University at Buffalo is one of four research centers in the SUNY system, along with the University at Albany, Binghamton University and Stony Brook University.

Buffalo Niagara

As a world-renowned research university, UB’s intellectual capital and innovation are playing a vital role in Buffalo’s resurgence as a thriving city that is a magnet for talented professionals, artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators who recognize the tremendous energy and momentum gathering here. Home to one of the nation’s fastest growing populations of college graduates, the Buffalo-Niagara region, with 1.1 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 commitment to sustaining the arts, including the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; the world-class collection of modern painting and sculpture at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; an extensive array of historic architectural treasures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, and Eero and Eliel Saarinen; and an expansive park system (including Delaware Park), considered to be the very best work of designer Frederick Law Olmsted. The city is home to the state’s largest concentration of theaters outside of New York City. Buffalo is a family friendly, livable and affordable city, with Niagara Falls, one of the major tourist attractions of the world, a short drive away. Buffalo is close to two significant wine growing regions—Niagara Escarpment and the Finger Lakes region. In addition, the Adirondack Mountains are half-day’s drive from Buffalo.  

Rich in natural resources and beauty, the Buffalo-Niagara area is a four-season region that offers the best for seasonal sports enthusiasts. University at Buffalo 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. The Buffalo-Niagara International Airport offers direct flights to more than 20 cities, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington, DC, all only an hour’s flight away.

UB has played a central role in the creation of a strong, sustainable knowledge economy and thriving entrepreneurial culture that are driving Buffalo’s revitalization. Exemplified and driven by the centrally located Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences facility, Buffalo is experiencing a period of tremendous progress and momentum as well as unprecedented regional investments in the industries of the future and in the assets that ensure a satisfying quality of life for all its citizens.

UB and School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are vital participants in Buffalo’s economic resurgence, healthcare and education communities, and the dean will be a visible representative of the school and university. Within the local business community, UB has well-established ties with major partners and is also making a mark in the areas of health and life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and renewable energy. The dean will encourage and support faculty, student, and staff research, education, and engagement activities that make an impact in Buffalo and around the world.

Nomination and application procedures

Additional information about UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences can be found at http://pharmacy.buffalo.edu/ or at the search website: http://www.buffalo.edu/pharmacydeansearch  

Interested individuals should provide an electronic version of their curriculum vitae (Microsoft Word or PDF strongly preferred).  A letter describing interest in, and qualifications for, the position is recommended, but not required. All inquiries, nominations and applications should be sent electronically via email to:

Dr. Jett Pihakis

Consultant to the Search Committee

Russell Reynolds Associates

UB.Pharmacy@russellreynolds.com

To ensure full consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible but no later than March 8. Review of nominations and applications for the position will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To assure sensitivity toward the positions presently held by nominees and applicants, the search will be conducted in strict confidence until finalists participate in campus visits. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidates.

Compensation for this position is highly competitive. It is anticipated that the dean will begin service by the start of the 2021-22 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, including veterans and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.