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Updates will be posted on this website and distributed to students, faculty and staff through their University email. Alumni updates will be included in the University’s monthly alumni newsletter.

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Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee Update
Nov. 2, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to share with you an update on our progress in the search for UHSP’s next President.

The Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee held its first meeting on August 25th with our search consultants, Dr. Jan Greenwood, Dr. E. Ann Bailey and Joe Stanley, from the firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. (GA&A). At this meeting, we discussed our committee charter, reviewed search documents and updated the search process calendar. The majority of our time was spent with GA&A leading us through a dialogue around the presidential position and our thinking about what an ideal candidate would look like.

While the committee’s ideas are important to this process, it is also critical for us to seek input from our students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni on the key priorities and challenges facing the incoming president, as well as the key competencies and experiences central to any successful candidate. In an effort to collect this feedback before the close of the fall semester, and in collaboration with the Faculty Senate, Staff Council, Student Government Association and Alumni Council, we have set up a series of virtual listening sessions. During the sessions, participants will hear an update on the search process thus far and have the opportunity to share thoughts about the future of the University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis and the desired talents, accomplishments, and experiences the committee should focus on in recruiting the next president. These sessions will be facilitated by our consultants from GA&A and, where possible, will include members of the Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee. The schedule for these sessions is as follows:

  • President’s Staff: Thursday, November 12 from 11 a.m. – noon
  • Students: Thursday, November 12 from 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Staff Council: Friday, November 13 from 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Faculty in the St. Louis College of Pharmacy: Tuesday, November 17 from 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences: Thursday, November 19 from 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Academic Leadership Team: Tuesday, November 24 from 2 – 3 p.m.
  • Alumni: currently working with the Alumni Council to determine a date

We will be sending out Microsoft Teams invitations for each of these sessions to all appropriate attendees so that you can get them on your calendar. Please only attend one session that is specified for your affiliation in the campus community. To aid in providing a proper focus for each session, below are some questions we believe will be helpful for all members of the campus community to consider when providing feedback:

  • What are the key strengths of University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis?
  • What makes the University distinctive?
  • What are your aspirations for UHSP? What are the challenges UHSP will face in pursuing these aspirations?
  • What do you think are the qualifications and experience of an ideal candidate? What is essential and what might be helpful?
  • What are the personal attributes most important for this role?

During the listening sessions, GA&A will document the information provided and it will be used by the Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee as one of the pieces of input in their review and refinement of the candidate pool. I thank the committee members for their time already given to this work, and I encourage each and every member of the campus community to actively participate in this important process.

Sincerely,

Paul E. Beahm, B.S. '85
Chair, Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee
Senior Vice Chair, UHSP Board of Trustees

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Message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees
Aug. 10, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Recently, Paul Beahm, B.S. ’85, senior vice chair of the Board and chair of the Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee, announced the membership of our Presidential Search Committee representing many campus functions and groups. His email also shared the selection of Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc., a nationally-recognized executive search firm, to assist in the search. As the work of the Presidential Search Committee continues, the Board of Trustees also recognizes that few moments have more significance to the institution than the successful transition from one president to the next.

In the coming weeks, we will be identifying representatives from the University community to serve on a second ad hoc committee: the Ad Hoc Presidential Transition Committee. This important Transition Committee will coordinate and oversee the celebration of President Pieper’s many accomplishments and the transition to our next president. In consultation with the Board of Trustees Executive Committee, I have appointed Board member Sandra Van Trease and Beth Keserauskis, vice president for marketing and enrollment services, to serve as the Transition Committee co-chairs.

Sandra and Beth will be collaborating with the Executive Committee of the Board, Faculty Senate, Staff Council, Student Government Association and Alumni Council to identify additional appropriate representatives to serve on the Transition Committee. Campus involvement and engagement from the University community will be important to this process, and there will be numerous opportunities for members of our campus community to interact with and provide input to the committee.

We are truly grateful to both Sandra and Beth for their willingness to serve in this important capacity and hope you will join us as we thank President Pieper for his service, and soon welcome a new president during this very exciting time in the University’s history.

Warm regards,

JoAnne Levy
Vice President, Mercy Research
Chair of the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis Board of Trustees

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Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee Announced
July 20, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to provide you with an update on the progress being made in the presidential search process and the steps that have been taken since my last message to you.

I am very pleased to share with you the students, faculty, staff, administrators and trustees who will serve on the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee. In commitment to our Principles of Shared Governance, the members were selected after consultation with various constituents, including nominations from the Faculty Senate, Staff Council and Student Government Association. We value the counsel that these groups provided as we move forward on this vital and exciting next chapter in the University’s future.

The members of the committee are:

  • Paul Beahm, B.S. '85 – Senior Vice Chair, Board of Trustees and Chair, Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee
  • Dr. Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. '09 – Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • Dr. Isaac Butler – Vice President, Career Services and Education & Chief Diversity Officer
  • Brandi Clements – Director, Research Administration
  • Erika Fieth – P3 Student
  • Dr. Kendra Holmes, B.S. '99, Pharm.D. '00 – Secretary, Board of Trustees
  • Al Li – Treasurer, Board of Trustees
  • Dr. Amy Reese – Associate Professor, Microbiology
  • Neal Sample – Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Dr. Karen Seibert – Executive Director, Center for Clinical Pharmacology
  • Angel Siegars – P2 Student
  • Danielle Unzicker – Assistant Vice President, Communications & Chief Marketing Officer
  • Sandra Van Trease – Trustee
  • Dr. Michael A. Sass – Special Assistant to the President and Board Appointed Liaison to the Search Committee
We carefully selected individuals who bring a strong passion for University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, an immense respect of the rich heritage of our institution, and a strategic and forward-looking approach to the remarkable opportunities that lie ahead for the University. We are deeply grateful that these committee members have agreed to devote their time and wisdom to the important process that lies ahead.

After careful review of submitted proposals, the Board of Trustees selected Greenwood/Asher & Associates Inc. (GA&A), a national executive search firm specializing in higher education leadership searches, to assist with the search for the University’s next president. GA&A was selected because of their broad range of experience in working with highly regarded academic institutions, their commitment to active engagement of the campus community in developing the search prospectus, and their understanding of the higher education landscape. Serving as principals for our search will be Dr. Jan Greenwood, partner and president; Dr. E. Ann Bailey, senior executive search consultant; and Joe Stanley, senior executive search consultant.

The committee and our search consultants will begin their work in August and the Board hopes to name a new president in the spring of 2021. We are committed to providing you with periodic updates and opportunities for input, so look for additional details to be announced soon.

I thank the committee members in advance for their time, and look forward to working with the campus community during this very important process.

Sincerely,

Paul E. Beahm, B.S. '85
Chair, Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee
Senior Vice Chair, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis Board of Trustees

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Message from the Chair of the Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee
April 27, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

I am honored to chair the Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee, charged with identifying the strongest candidates to serve as University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis’ next president and recommending top finalists to the Board of Trustees. For more than a decade, President Pieper has provided a vision that has allowed the University to grow, adapt and serve its community. We are grateful to have his strong and thoughtful leadership during this challenging time.

Building on the significant momentum we have achieved under Dr. Pieper's leadership, the Board of Trustees is moving swiftly to engage the University community in the search for our next president. It is an exciting and pivotal opportunity for a new leader to bring a new vision that will allow the University to flourish for years to come.

My first responsibility is to identify the members of our community that will serve with me on the committee. The Chair of the Board of Trustees and I will be working together to name additional Board members and alumni to serve on the committee. Additionally, the Board of Trustees is committed to our shared governance principles as we conduct the best possible search and appointment process. As such, I will be collaborating with the Faculty Senate, Staff Council and Student Government Association to facilitate an open nomination process to identify the appropriate faculty, staff and student representatives.

Appointing the president is one of the Board's most important responsibilities, and I can assure you that we take our duty very seriously. We are committed to having an open and inclusive search process enriched by the insights, perspectives and opinions of the broader University community.

The search committee and I will cultivate opportunities for input and communicate with you regularly as we move through the process.

Sincerely,

Paul E. Beahm, B.S. ‘85
Chair, Ad Hoc Presidential Search Committee
Senior Vice Chair of the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy Board of Trustees
Retired, Senior Vice President, Health & Wellness Operations, Walmart Stores Inc.

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Message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees
April 17, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Today I am writing as a follow up to President Pieper’s announcement of his plans to retire in June 2021.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank President Pieper for the impact he has had as University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis’ fourth president. President Pieper and I began discussing his retirement several months ago, and I have, especially in recent weeks, reflected on the leadership he has brought to the University community and the transformation he has created during his tenure.

Under his leadership, the University has become a modern, interprofessional learning environment with academic programs that prepare students for success in a variety of health professions. Through the development of innovative, collaborative partnerships, the University has become more strategically positioned in the Washington University Medical Campus, and we are increasingly recognized as a premier research institution.

Additionally, we are grateful to have President Pieper to lead us through the challenging time we currently face. I know the transition to online learning and remote work has not been easy. As a Board, we have been closely monitoring updates from campus. We appreciate your adaptability and resilience, and we have been inspired by the stories of your leadership that President Pieper has shared with us.

As a Board of Trustees, we are sad to see him go, but we wish him and his family the very best as he takes this next step. We are excited to honor his accomplishments over the next year and celebrate his many achievements.

With the announcement of President Pieper’s intended retirement, our community will begin another transition. Guided by the new strategic plan and with the support and dedication of the University community, I am certain University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis’ fifth president will build on President Pieper’s fine legacy and help us take the next step toward a bright future.

In the coming weeks, a Presidential Search Committee will be formed comprising representatives from the University community. In consultation with the Board of Trustees Executive Committee, I have appointed Paul Beahm, B.S. ’85, senior vice chair of the Board, to serve as the committee’s chair. Paul will be reaching out in the near future to outline the search process.

I know you’ll join me in expressing gratitude to President Pieper for his outstanding leadership to date. We look forward to his continued leadership through the next academic year as we navigate through this challenging time together.

I thank you for your ongoing dedication to the University and for all you do to make our institution successful.

Elaine Haynes, B.S. ’86,
President and CEO of KaloCyte Inc.
Chair of the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis Board of Trustees

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