Provost Dr. E. Randolph Richards announced Dr. Dana A. Strachan as dean of the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy, effective Aug. 1.
Strachan serves as associate dean for academics, professor of pharmacy practice, and director of the Gregory Center for Medical Missions. She joined PBA in 2005. Her appointment follows a nationwide search.
“I am incredibly honored to lead a Christ-first school that is making a difference in the pharmacy arena,” Strachan said. “I wholeheartedly believe in our mission — pharmacy with faith — and I look forward to continuing to develop and expand this mission.”
Richards noted, “In addition to her academic and professional skills, Dana has a long history of leading with a servant’s heart in the Gregory School of Pharmacy, and I am delighted that she will be leading the school as they train the next generation of Christian pharmacists.”
Dr. Jay Jackson, the school’s assistant dean of students and a member of the search committee chaired by Dr. Adwoa Nornoo, praised Strachan for her passion and leadership.
“Throughout the screening and interview process, Dr. Strachan stood out as a result of her passion for the mission of GSOP — developing pharmacists who are servant-leaders that practice pharmacy with faith,” Jackson said. “Faculty, staff and students look forward to what God has next for the school under Dr. Strachan’s leadership.”
As director of the Gregory Center for Medical Missions, Strachan has led and participated in trips to the Dominican Republic, Belize, Costa Rica and Honduras. As associate dean for academics, she oversees student academic performance and progress; collaborates with the Curriculum Committee to ensure that curriculum is optimized and relevant; and develops programmatic policies and procedures, among other responsibilities. In addition to teaching pharmacy calculations and pharmacotherapy courses, Strachan serves on the school’s curriculum and academic policies, student affairs, and executive committees. She also advises the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society.
Strachan has had numerous peer-reviewed articles published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, the American Pharmacy Association’s Pharmacotherapy First, Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning and Journal of Pharmacy Practice. She’s authored multiple chapters in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program and presented at various conferences for professional pharmacy associations.
Strachan is certified in pharmacotherapy from the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, mental health first aid from the National Council for Behavioral Health and objective structured clinical exams (OSCE) from the University of Toronto.
Strachan earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a postgraduate primary care/managed care residency at Campbell University. In 2019, she completed the Academic Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) Academic Leadership Fellows Program, a year-long, highly competitive and in-depth leadership development program. She is a student in the Master of Arts in Christian Studies program at PBA.
Strachan’s husband, Nicholas Strachan, is a professional engineer and a student in PBA’s psychology program. The Strachans are active in their church, Christ Fellowship, and live in Lake Worth with their two sons.