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University of the Sciences in Philadelphia recently named William L. Ashton founding dean of the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy. Ashton has served as interim dean since October 2007. The title change recognizes Ashton’s dedication and accomplishments within the Mayes College.
Ashton has been hands-on in the formation of the college from the advisory group to its launch on Sept. 20, 2007, to overseeing its continued development and growth.
“Bill has been involved in every level of the development of Mayes College, from chairing the feasibility study, to managing and developing its programs,” said University Provost Provost Russell J. DiGate. “He truly embodies the aspirations of the college and this new title affirms his contributions to the both the University and the Mayes College. It is truly well deserved.”
Ashton, who joined University of the Sciences in 2005 as an assistant professor in the Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management Program, is a former Fortune 100 senior executive with 28 years experience in pharmaceutical and biotechnology leadership and management. Prior to joining the University, he served as vice president of sales from 1995 to 2003 and vice president of corporate and government affairs from 2003 to 2005 at Amgen Inc. in Thousand Oaks, Ca. At Amgen, he was responsible for strategy development and plan of action execution for key government agencies including Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of the Inspector General, General Accounting Office, Office of Management Budget, and MedPAC.
Ashton is on the boards of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, Neogenix Oncology, and Friends of the National Library of Medicine (NIH), and is a commissioner of the Medical Representatives National Certificate Commission. He earned a master of arts degree in education from University of Pittsburgh. Ashton, who is a native of Brownsville, Pa., currently resides in Newtown Square, Pa.
The Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy at University of the Sciences prepares undergraduate and graduate students to make an impact on the critical healthcare needs of society, and to compete in the evolving healthcare arena where business, policy, and public needs intersect. Opportunities include an MBA in pharmaceutical business, an MS and PhD in health policy, master in public health (MPH), MS in biomedical writing, or BS in pharmaceutical marketing and management as well as certificate programs in pharmaceutical business, medical marketing, or regulatory writing. Students in Mayes College benefit not only from the University’s alumni networks but also from the region’s rich life sciences economy, including the extensive network of healthcare, regulatory, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries.