After a national search, UNM Health Sciences Center Vice President R. Philip Eaton, M.D., announces the appointment of John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, as the new dean for the UNM College of Pharmacy. Pieper is currently chair of the Division of Pharmacotherapy in the School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill. He will begin his duties as dean on October 1.

Former UNM College of Pharmacy Dean William Hadley, Ph.D., retired from the College of Pharmacy after 30 years of service on June 30.

"The vast majority of all pharmacists in New Mexico have trained within the UNM College of Pharmacy," said Eaton in announcing the appointment. "It is impossible to overstate how vital it is to New Mexico to have a thriving, successful pharmacy program. We believe that in John Pieper, we have found the person who can lead the College of Pharmacy in the years ahead. He has an impressive background in research, innovation and teaching that will serve both the college and the state."

In accepting the position, Pieper said, "It is an honor to be named the sixth dean in the 57 year history of the College of Pharmacy. The College of Pharmacy has an established history of innovation in professional and graduate education, research, practice and service and I look forward to the opportunity to build upon this foundation in collaboration with the outstanding faculty, staff, student body, alumni and pharmacy practitioners throughout New Mexico."

Since 1994, Pieper has been professor and chair of the Division of Pharmacotherapy in the School of Pharmacy at UNC. Under his leadership, the Division established one of the first graduate programs in pharmacy in experimental therapeutics, expanded post-doctoral fellowship programs and established unique clinical and educational initiatives with UNC Hospitals.

Pieper received a B.A. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado, a B.S. in Pharmacy with honors from the University of Wyoming and Pharm.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Following a fellowship in pharmacokinetics in Buffalo, he has served as a faculty member in a number of colleges of pharmacy including the University of Florida, University of Tennessee Memphis, where he was vice chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, and the University of Colorado, where he was associate dean, director of Pharmacy at University Hospital in Denver and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Pieper is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist with added qualifications in Cardiovascular Pharmacy. He has taught cardiovascular therapeutics, clinical cardiology, clinical pharmacokinetics and served as a mentor for 20 specialty residents, fellows and graduate students. His research program has focused on cardiovascular pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism. Pieper is a fellow and past president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and he has chaired the Department Chairman's Group for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

A native of Colorado, Pieper is married to Patty Shoaf Pieper. They have two children, Katie, a senior at Grinnell College, and Johnny, a freshman at the University of Wyoming.
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