Dr. Lisa A. Lawson has been selected dean at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, it was announced by Provost Dr. Russell J. DiGate. Dr. Lawson, the first woman chosen for this prestigious position, had been serving as interim dean since Dec. 2008. She also accepted the Barbara H. Korberly Professorship in Women’s Leadership and Health.
“Over the past 14 months, while serving as the interim dean, Dr. Lawson has demonstrated the skills and abilities necessary to lead PCP as the college continually fine tunes its approach to educating our future pharmacists and scientists,” said Dr. DiGate. “She is respected by the faculty and staff, and brings the knowledge necessary to maintain PCP’s distinction as a top-rated pharmacy college.”
Prior to accepting the interim dean position, Dr. Lawson was an associate professor of clinical pharmacy in the Department of Pharmacy Practice/Pharmacy Administration. She was director of the doctor of pharmacy program from 1989 to 1994, then assistant dean of pharmacy between 1994-2006, followed by associate dean. She had been the vice dean within PCP since 2008.
“PCP has had a tremendous legacy of shaping the practice and education of pharmacy at all levels–from the classroom to research to scholarly activity,” said Dr. Lawson. “As dean, I look forward to enhancing the educational experience for students with a customized plan of learning and a faculty success model, while enhancing interactions within the university and with alumni and external partners.”
Dr. Lawson received her bachelor of science degree at the University of Nebraska and her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky. At UK, she completed a three-year pharmacy residency at Albert B. Chandler Medical Center, before joining the faculty of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1982.
Dr. Lawson, who is a native of Genoa, Neb., currently resides in Wallingford, Pa., with her family.
The Barbara H. Korberly Professorship in Women's Leadership and Health provides leadership and devoted resources to the University’s efforts to address the challenges that affect women’s health policy and access to leadership opportunities within the health sciences. The professorship is an enduring tribute to the late Barbara Korberly P’72, PharmD’74 a tireless advocate and powerful mentor of women in pharmacy throughout her career.
At University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, students embark on a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in the healthcare-related fields. A private, coeducational institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the healthcare marketplace since its founding in 1821, including founders of six of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world. With undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs in such disciplines as pharmacy, bioinformatics, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy, the 3,000 students in the University of the Sciences’ five colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving healthcare in their communities and in the lives of people worldwide. For more information about University of the Sciences, visit www.usp.edu.