Palm Beach Atlantic University President Lu Hardin has appointed Dr. Mary J. Ferrill, interim dean and professor of pharmacy, to the position of dean of the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy effective immediately.
"Mary has the knowledge, experience and familiarity with the complexities of the accreditation process to lead the Gregory School in its continued development as a premier school of pharmacy," President Lu Hardin said.
Dr. Ferrill was recommended for the position by the dean screening committee, Provost Dr. Joseph A. Kloba said. The recommendation was based on Dr. Ferrill's considerable experience in academic pharmacy and the fact that she is well known and respected by her pharmacy colleagues throughout the nation in the field of pharmacy education, he said.
In addition, she has been integrally involved in the development and growth of the Gregory School of Pharmacy since it was founded in 2001, serving as associate dean under both previous deans. She has served as interim dean since August.
Dr. Ferrill completed her Pharm.D. degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy. She then completed two American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited residencies in drug information and clinical pharmacy at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She spent 10 years in California as a professor at the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy. She first came to PBA in 2001 to help the founding dean start the School of Pharmacy. She left in 2003 to serve in leadership briefly at the School of Pharmacy at Wingate University, and she returned to PBA in 2006.
Dr. Ferrill is a contributing editor for Facts and Comparisons and has authored more than 80 publications in a variety of journals, on topics such as drug information, statistics, obesity, alternative medicine, literature evaluation, the Internet, pharmacy education and professionalism; has authored 28 refereed abstracts; and has given numerous presentations at the local, state and national levels.
In 1997, she and her colleagues were honored for The Most Outstanding Contribution to the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Literature by the American Academy of Pain Management with the article titled, "The Use of Opioids in the Treatment of Nonmalignant Pain: Clinical Issues and Guidelines." In 2002, she and former dean Dr. Dan Brown received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Rufus A. Lyman Award that recognizes the most notable original scholarly work published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. The article is titled, "Self-directed Professional Development: The Pursuit of Affective Learning."
Dr. Ferrill is a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and is an active member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the American Pharmacy Association (APhA), the ASHP and Rho Chi, an honorary pharmacy society.
Dr. Ferrill has served on the Board of Directors for Christian Pharmacy Fellowship International (CPFI) and was the editor for the CPFI publications, Christianity and Pharmacy Journal and the Faith Script newsletter.
Dr. Ferrill and her husband, Dr. Daniel Brown, have been married 19 years and are residents of West Palm Beach. They attend Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens.