PULLMAN – The University of Alberta announced March 31 that it has hired James P. Kehrer as its College of Pharmacy dean. Kehrer has served as dean of WSU’s College of Pharmacy since September 2005. Kehrer will assume his new duties Aug. 1.
“It is with a great deal of sadness that I make this move,” Kehrer said. “The past four years have been exciting and challenging. I believe that, working together, we have accomplished much and I am sure that progress will continue. I will miss the friends and colleagues that I have come to know at WSU and I will certainly miss the incredible Cougar Spirit that everyone has.”
WSU Provost and Executive Vice President Warwick Bayly said, “Dr. Kehrer has done an excellent job in leading the college through a period of constructive change. We understand this is an outstanding opportunity for him, but he will be missed.”
Bayly said information about the process for naming a successor for Kehrer will be announced at a later date.
Kehrer cited the successful efforts in the college’s regularly scheduled reaccreditation process and the consolidation of more pharmacy programs at the university’s health sciences hub at the Spokane campus as two important advances during his tenure.
Kehrer came to WSU from the University of Texas, where he was the director of the Center for Molecular and Cellular Toxicology and Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Professor of Toxicology. Kehrer received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Purdue University and a doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Iowa.
Kehrer succeeds Franco Pasutto, who is concluding two terms as dean begun in July 1999. Under Pasutto’s leadership as dean, the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences maintained the top track record in Canada of students’ success in the national pharmacy exams; increased the faculty’s financial foundation and enhanced and expanded undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs.