University of the Pacific invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy.

    About University of the Pacific

    University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked comprehensive university and California’s first chartered institution of higher learning. Established in 1851, Pacific has nearly 6,100 students and nine schools and colleges across three campuses in northern California. The majority of students and the NCAA Division 1 athletics program are based on the Stockton Campus, often cited as one of the nation’s most beautiful college campuses. The Sacramento Campus in California’s state capital is home to the McGeorge School of Law, the new School of Health Sciences and an array of graduate programs while the renowned Dugoni School of Dentistry is based on the downtown San Francisco Campus. Pacific takes pride in providing the highly personalized and caring educational, social and residential environments of a small college combined with the choices and opportunities of a major comprehensive university.

    About the position

    University of the Pacific seeks a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as its next Dean of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy. This is a unique opportunity for a leader with a bold, broad perspective to join one of the original three schools of pharmacy in California with a longstanding reputation for quality, leadership, and innovation.

    An independent, comprehensive university, Pacific offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in nine schools and colleges to over 6,000 students on three campuses in northern California. The University is distinguished by its commitment to the development of “citizen leaders,” rigorous education situated within a supportive community of faculty and students, whose hallmarks include: close student-faculty interaction, institution-wide focus on the development of the whole student, interdisciplinary programs, term-long experiential learning opportunities for all students, and a strong tradition of innovation.

    The Dean will work closely with the faculty, staff and administration in the School to provide a superior educational experience and excellent outcomes for students in the pre-pharmacy program and graduate and professional programs. The Dean will lead efforts to ensure student success, critically important for retention and ultimately recruitment. Improved retention and a superior educational experience are also critically important for re-accreditation. Ensuring a successful accreditation outcome in two years is a major responsibility for the Dean.

    The Dean will work closely with Pacific’s deans and vice presidents to form partnerships that augment student experience and grow enrollments (particularly through yield and retention efforts). The leader will consider innovative approaches to ensure that Pacific’s pharmacy programs are competitive, attracting qualified students in a landscape where competition continues to increase.

    The successful candidate must have a strong track record in supporting scholarship. Scholarship is one of the underpinnings of the excellence associated with Pacific’s pharmacy school, both for its faculty and students. The Dean should be creative and entrepreneurial to ensure that the pharmacy school has the resources and the flexibility to meet student and faculty needs and to connect with the community and business partners. 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.

    Candidate Qualifications


    • The incoming dean will hold a doctoral degree in pharmacy (PharmD) or a doctoral degree (PhD) in a related field, and be eligible for appointment as a full professor.

    Knowledge and Work Experience

    • An exceptional record as teacher, investigator and service leader with proven ability to manage a complex academic enterprise, typically obtained through experience as a dean, associate dean, department chair, or center/institute director within a college/school of pharmacy.
    • Demonstrated scholarly achievement with a bold vision for where pharmacy practice, research and education are moving in the future.

    Leadership Skills and Competencies

    • A creative and entrepreneurial leader, able to develop and execute a strategic vision for the future of the School.
    • An individual of stature who has a keen understanding of student-centered pharmacy education, a passion for educating students, and a proven respect and appreciation for a worldclass faculty.
    • A team-builder who can recruit, motivate and retain outstanding faculty and staff.
    • An ability to bring people together and a ready willingness to consider the opinions and ideas of others.
    • A proven leader who can quickly engender trust, gain an understanding of the strengths of the institution and help to strategically chart its course for continued success and growth.
    • A leadership style that includes the ability and willingness to delegate authority to direct reports and empower those individuals in the performance of their jobs.
    • An individual with the courage to challenge the status quo and embrace change; someone who is forward-thinking and continually considering how to do things better.
    • A transparent leader who is energetic, creative, engaging and highly communicative.
    • The ability to generate resources for the school, including public funding, private fundraising and new revenue streams, and to connect these resources to the mission of the school; and the fiscal acumen to guide a complex major pharmacy school.
    • Commitment to and appreciation of research, scholarly activity and academic excellence, and to the generation of new knowledge.
    • A relationship-builder who will work constructively and positively with the University Leadership and leaders within Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and the Deans of the other Colleges and Schools.


    How to Apply

    University of the Pacific is currently accepting applications for this position and will continue until the successful completion of the search.

    Application, inquiries and letters of nomination should be directed to:

    Joyce De Leo, Ph.D., Kerry Quealy and Tiffany Johnson via WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

    Candidates can also find this portal via the WittKieffer website at and select the “Candidate Portal” link at the top of the home page. Log in, or if not yet registered, click on “Become a Candidate” to create a password. If you have difficulties logging into the portal, please contact consultants supporting this search directly at:

    Tiffany Johnson
    Senior Associate
    Sacramento, CA
    Phone: 916.536.6888


    University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity, equity and inclusion. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression or mental or physical disability. The university will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

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