Reza Karimi to Lead School of Pharmacy
Professor Karimi selected as School of Pharmacy dean following a national search. He had served as interim dean since last July.
Pacific University vice provost and College of Health Professions executive dean Ann Barr-Gillespie has announced Reza Karimi, RPh, PhD, as the dean of the college's School of Pharmacy, effective immediately.
Karimi, also a professor at Pacific, had served as the school's interim dean since last July and was selected following an extensive national search.
A registered pharmacist and preceptor in Oregon, Karimi joined the Pacific University School of Pharmacy in 2006, where he received tenure in 2010. He has served with distinction as a faculty member and both assistant and associate dean for Academic Affairs and Assessment. Additionally, Karimi has served as a leader of Interprofessional Education in the College of Health Professions.
He has a keen interest in advancing pharmacy education and the pharmacy profession through the preparation of pharmacy students to meet the demands of the evolving healthcare system.
He has a passion for biochemistry and the role of antibiotics on bacterial protein synthetic machinery, and maintains an active interest in assessment, educational research and outcomesand pharmacy practice.
"Dr. Karimi has demonstrated his passion for the School of Pharmacy and his grasp of contemporary pharmacy and health professions education," Barr-Gillespie said.
"He has amply shown his collaborative style as a member of the college's Deans and Directors Council. We are very fortunate that Reza has agreed to accept the position as dean of the School of Pharmacy, and I look forward to a bright future for the School under his leadership."
Karimi received his MSc in pharmacy in 1991 and his PhD in molecular biology in 1998 from Uppsala University in Sweden.
He completed a three-year post-doctoral training fellowship in protease biochemistry in 2002. He then became a full-time faculty member at LECOM School of Pharmacy in Erie, Pa., where he later assumed director positions for the school's Student Promotion and Retention program and its Post Baccalaureate (pre-pharmacy) program.
In my tenure at the Pacific University School of Pharmacy, I have witnessed the quality and innovation that our administration, faculty and staff have cultivated in our program and the excitement and motivation that our students have brought into our classrooms," Karimi said. "It has been an honor to serve these diverse and talented individuals and a privilege to learn the craft of team cohesion and collaboration from them."
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