Warholak Named Dean of St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Published on 09 June 2022

University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis has selected Terri L. Warholak, RPh, Ph.D., CPHQ, FAPhA, to serve as the 16th dean of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Warholak will assume duties as dean on August 15, 2022. Her appointment as dean marks another significant milestone for the University as it works toward its vision of becoming a transformational leader in health education and research.

Warholak comes to UHSP from the University of Arizona (UA) where she most recently served as Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Assessment at the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy from Purdue University.

In her role as Assistant Dean at UA, Warholak was the Chief Academic Officer for the College of Pharmacy and worked to advance the quality and integrity of its academic programs. Her work included providing strategic vision for the curricula and assessment, developing processes and procedures to support accreditation processes and overseeing all program planning and program assessment.

At UA, Warholak was also the track director for the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy’s Health and Pharmaceutical Outcomes Graduate Program, which trains students to evaluate the economic, clinical and humanistic outcomes of pharmaceutical products and services. Her teaching and research interests include medication error reduction, health information technology and measure development.

“We are incredibly proud to announce that Terri will serve as the 16th dean of St. Louis College of Pharmacy,” said David D. Allen, RPh, Ph.D., president of UHSP. “As we embarked on our dean’s search this spring, we were looking for an individual who could lead St. Louis College of Pharmacy into its bright future, and we found a perfect match in Terri. She is a highly accomplished leader in pharmacy and health care education and research who has served with national pharmacy organizations and held appointments on numerous national committees. We are so fortunate to welcome Terri to UHSP, and I can't wait to see what great things are ahead for St. Louis College of Pharmacy under her direction.”

Warholak’s professional experience includes seven years serving as a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service, where she worked in inpatient and community practice and served for five years in the Indian Health Service.

In 2003, Warholak was recognized as the winner of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Council of Faculties Innovations in Teaching Competition for her work titled “Application of Quality Assurance Principles: Reducing Medication Errors in 30 Pharmacy Practice Settings.” Following her award, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) awarded Warholak a grant to create the Educating Pharmacists in Quality Program, which is currently used to train practicing pharmacists, health care professionals and pharmacy students in measuring, improving and reporting quality of care in pharmacy practice. Today, she continues to be active with PQA, most recently as a member of the Education Advisory Workgroup and the Research Coordinating Committee.

In 2015, Warholak was named a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association. She is also active with AACP, recently serving as an Administrative Delegate with the House of Delegates. In addition, she serves on several national committees including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and the National Quality Forum Scientific Methods Panel.

Her research accomplishments include studies evaluating the quality of patient care, techniques for reducing medication errors and e-prescribing. During her career, Warholak has edited a book, published over 153 papers and presented at the state, national and international levels.

“St. Louis College of Pharmacy has an incredibly rich history of advancing health care and pharmacy education, and I’m honored to have been selected as it’s 16th dean,” said Warholak. “As the college looks to its future, I’m excited to have the chance to work with the college’s talented faculty and members of the campus community to fortify and build on our 158-year legacy, and prepare and equip our pharmacy students to succeed as local, national and global health care leaders and innovators for many years to come.”

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