The Opportunity

The University of Texas at Austin is the oldest and largest of the University of Texas System’s 18 component institutions. Located in one of the best places for business and careers in the US according to the 2018 rankings Forbes magazine, the city is renowned for its culture, arts and music as well as for its growth in several industries including technology and healthcare. A focus on true Interprofessional practice, interdisciplinary research and education, each of which plays a pivotal role and features prominently. This is anchored in the partnership with Dell Medical School which admitted its first class in 2016. That this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to John Goodenough, PhD, a long-standing member of the University of Texas faculty only adds to the prestige of this illustrious, top-rated academic instruction.

The University of Texas at Austin has partnered with Korn Ferry and is inviting nominations and applications for the position of Dean, College of Pharmacy, with the announcement that M. Lynn Crismon, PharmD, will be stepping down in August 2020 after 13 years of distinguished service to the institution. During his tenure, the College of Pharmacy has risen in national prominence and is now ranked third among colleges of pharmacy according to US News and World Report in 2018. His predecessors, nationally and internationally prominent leaders James T. Doluisio, PhD and Steven W. Leslie, PhD made their own unique contributions to the college’s growth and prominence in all aspects of pharmacy in the nation and world.

The College of Pharmacy is more than 126 years old and now touts 39 tenure/tenure track faculty, 27 non-tenure track faculty, over 15 regional internship personnel, 65 pharmacy residents and 700 preceptors located throughout the state. There are 500 PharmD and over 90 PhD students enrolled. Its structure includes six divisions: Pharmacotherapy, Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, Health Outcomes, and Pharmacy Practice. It offers multiple degrees, including PharmD, PhD, MS and recruits top students from 50 states and 124 countries. It provides a highly successful PharmD honors program that provides educational stimulation and challenge beyond the traditional curriculum and a PharmD/PhD program that combines the features of a professional PharmD degree with the advanced training and research of a pharmaceutical sciences PhD degree. The college boasts a strong spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation as evidenced by two of its faculty being awarded the prestigious Inventor of the Year award in 2017 (Robert O. Williams III) and 2014 (James W. McGinity). James W. McGinity was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2016.

As chief executive officer of the College of Pharmacy, the new dean is expected to provide vision and leadership for the college, maintain its vibrancy and promote interprofessional collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurialism. Adept at complex decision-making in an ever-changing healthcare environment, we are looking for a dynamic, congenial leader with outstanding abilities in communication, team-building, research and scholarship; administration; fund-raising; teaching; and community engagement. The new dean must demonstrate the ability to lead collaboratively across professions and disciplines in a professional manner, and to work with other deans on campus to advance collaborative research and interprofessional education. Creative thinking related to and engagement in population health and experience with innovative approaches and value-based models in health care delivery and pharmacy practice will be welcomed. Evidence of having secured and maintained financial support for research and/or educational purposes and knowledge of, or experience in, raising funds from alumni, especially pharmacy alumni, and in the public and private sectors must be shown. The new dean is expected to provide service in leadership positions at the state and national levels to advance the profession of pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences. The dean reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost of the university.

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is one of the largest public universities in the United States and is the flagship of The University of Texas System, which includes nine academic universities and six health institutions statewide. The university is a driver of economic and social progress, serving its citizens as a leading center of knowledge and creativity. With origins that trace back to the 1827 Mexican government constitution for the state, the university has grown to a 431-acre main campus, enrolling over 51,000 students studying in nearly 120 bachelor degree programs and over 220 graduate programs across 18 colleges and schools, with a faculty of 3,100 supported by 21,000 professional staff. The University also includes the nearby, 223-acre Pickle Research Campus that is home to the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Institute for Geophysics.

UT Austin is widely known and respected for its academic stature and impact, ranking 15th among American public universities by the 2019 U.S. News and World Report. With over 49 programs that rank among the top 10 in the nation, UT Austin’s academic strengths span virtually all major disciplines. Faculty and research scientists are preeminent in virtually all fields of research and scholarship with sponsored projects awarded totaling more than $650 million annually.

The large student body, storied history, strong community and richness of tradition have given rise to a proud alumni base of more than 482,000, which includes industry leaders like Michael Dell and Rex Tillerson, entertainers like Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden and film director Robert Rodriguez, journalists like Bill Moyers and Walter Cronkite, and politicians like Sam Rayburn, James Baker and Kay Bailey Hutchison. In addition to providing great networking opportunities, our alumni connectedness ensures that you can find fellow Longhorns no matter where you go.

The City of Austin

Located in the picturesque Hill Country of Central Texas, Austin is the state capital and the 4th- largest city in Texas, which is among the top-five most diverse states in the nation. As the 11th- largest city in the United States, Austin is widely regarded as a progressive, friendly, innovative, and growing city and is consistently rated a national creative center that attracts talented people from across the world. Austin serves as the corporate headquarters for Fortune 500 companies such as Dell and Whole Foods, plus successful tech start-ups. Austin also hosts research and development offices for major technology-oriented companies such as Amazon, AMD, Apple, and Google, who have established major operations in Austin to draw from the highly skilled talent the University produces. U.S. News and World Report rated Austin #1 in its Best Places to Live list. Expedia ranks Austin #1 in its 21 super-cool US cities list.

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