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Faculty Spotlight: William A. Kehoe, MA, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS

Feb 6, 2019

William A. Kehoe, PharmD, MA, FCCP, BCPS joined the Pacific family in 1985. Over the past 33 years, he has served the University in a number of ways, including serving on the Academic Council, University Institutional Review Board and Student Success Committee. His leadership has been indispensable for strategic planning and through several reaccreditations.

Dr. Kehoe is highly respected by both his students and fellow faculty members. He has been selected for numerous awards, which speaks to his integrity and strength of character. He received the Distinguished Faculty Research Lecture and the Eberhardt Teacher-Scholar awards. Dr. Kehoe received the Long's Faculty Fellowship nine times. He also was named Teacher of the Year in 1988, 1996 and 2000, an award selected by graduating doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students. He was the founding faculty advisor of two student chapters: Christian Pharmacy Fellowship in 1988 and Student College of Clinical Pharmacy in 2015.

"My fondest memories of Pacific will always be centered around the students and faculty members I have gotten to know so well," said Dr. Kehoe. "I would like to say thank you to past faculty members like Drs. Jim Blankenship and Kathy Knapp who taught me much of what I know about teaching. I would also like to thank all my current faculty colleagues for the warm friendships we share and how they have supported me through challenges and during times of success."

In addition to his roles as professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, he oversees the combined Masters of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Fellowship in Pharmacy Practice program. Dr. Kehoe was charged with creating the Office of Academic Success and Instructional Support (OASIS). He developed the framework for services to help students develop individualized learning strategies. Within a year, OASIS was providing support to students. In his role as director of OASIS he was able to use his training in psychology to help students develop effective learning approaches based on evidence-based principles and personality type, as well as time and stress management skills.

Dr. Kehoe is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). He served as member of the Board of Regents and President of ACCP. His scholarly achievements include numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations. Dr. Kehoe measures his success not by the amount of scholarly work, but rather the years of service he has dedicated to his patients, students and the community. Dr. Kehoe believes in giving back to the community and is dedicated to spreading clinical pharmacy skills abroad. He assisted in the development of clinical pharmacy services and training of pharmacists in Taiwan, South Korea and China.

William Kehoe at CommencementDr. Kehoe will retire this summer, giving him more time to hone his woodworking skills and travel. He is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Alice, three children and two grandchildren.

"While I will be retiring from Pacific, it is really fitting that I'll continue as a clinical pharmacist actively involved in the care of patients facing mental illness," Dr. Kehoe said. He will remain on a part-time basis as a clinical pharmacist at St. Joseph's Behavioral Health Center/St. Joseph's Medical Center, where he also plans to precept Pacific PharmD students during their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience.

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Anne Marie H. Bergthold  

Anne Marie H. Bergthold is the Marketing Coordinator for Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy.

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