WVU Names Pharmacy Dean

Patricia A. Chase, Ph.D., to lead school

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Patricia A. Chase, Ph.D., will be the next dean of the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. 

She currently serves as dean and the Edward and Margaret Rowe Decanal Chair of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Butler University, Indianapolis.

“Dr. Chase is a leader in her profession, an advocate for patients and for students, and an accomplished and energetic person,” said Robert M. D’Alessandri, M.D., who made the appointment. “We expect her to continue the tradition of excellence that has been the hallmark of the WVU School of Pharmacy for a century, and to bring it to new levels of achievement in education, research and service to the state.”

In July, Chase will take the post being vacated by George Spratto, Ph.D., who announced his retirement earlier in this academic year. Under Dr. Spratto’s leadership, the WVU School of Pharmacy has increased its class size, established a Pharm.D. degree program, and expanded research activities.

Chase has led Butler’s pharmacy school since 2000. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Albany College of Pharmacy, a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. Her research has focused on topics such as innovative curriculum development, programmatic assessment, programs to enhance faculty leadership, and on the design and implementation of health and wellness programs. 

In recognition of her research to improve the heath of the people of Indiana she has been named to the Governor’s Council for Fitness and Sports.

At Butler, under her leadership, the number of faculty and staff doubled in five years. Private donations also doubled, allowing the school to renovate teaching and laboratory facilities, enhance the student experience with laptop computers, and establish health and wellness programs for students, faculty and staff.

Working with health providers and other institutions in Indiana, she was successful in securing more than $5 million in free medication for people with unmet pharmaceutical needs in four rural communities.

 “I am extremely honored to be selected as the dean of the School of Pharmacy,” Chase said. ”I look forward to continuing the excellent work that Dean Spratto, the faculty, staff, students, and alumni have achieved. I am inspired by the quality of the human spirit in West Virginia and I am excited to be a part of this wonderful university.”  

As chair-elect of the Council of Deans of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Chase will be a national voice on issues in the profession, Dr. D’Alessandri said. “West Virginia University will be providing leadership in an important area of health scholarship and health professions education.”

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Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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