Hansen named dean of Auburn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy

Published: January 20, 2017
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Richard Hansen, a department head and professor in the Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University, has been named the new dean of the school following a national search, effective May 15.

Hansen is the Sandra Kent Gilliland and David Louie Gilliland Endowed Professor and head of the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy. Prior to coming to Auburn in 2010, he had been an assistant and associate professor in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

"Dr. Hansen's administrative experience and strong scholarly record have more than prepared him to lead the Harrison School of Pharmacy," said Timothy Boosinger, Auburn's provost and vice president for academic affairs. "I am confident his success in mentoring faculty and students while advancing current and future initiatives will be a true asset to Auburn University going forward."

After earning a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Hansen practiced in both hospital and retail pharmacy settings. The work inspired him to return to graduate school and learn how to create more effective, efficient and safer health care systems. He received a doctorate from the Social, Administrative and Clinical Pharmacy graduate program at the University of Minnesota in 2003.

"I'm honored to be selected as the next dean of the Harrison School of Pharmacy," said Hansen. "This program is gifted with outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni. I am proud to lead the school into the future, supporting innovation in research, education and patient care."

Since arriving at Auburn, Hansen has worked to improve the school's national prominence among leading pharmacy schools. As head of the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, he worked to inspire research by demonstrating that obtaining funding was achievable. Hansen has submitted grant or contract applications totaling more than $20 million and has published more than 50 original research articles in peer reviewed journals while at Auburn. Every faculty member in the department currently has active extramural research funding. During this time, the department also implemented a new curriculum in health outcomes research.

He will succeed Lee Evans who will step down after serving as the pharmacy dean since 1994. Hansen is only the sixth person to serve as dean of pharmacy at Auburn since the school was established in 1941.

"Auburn is grateful to Dean Evans for his years of leadership and service to the school," said Boosinger. "I am confident he will continue to advance Auburn's mission through the scholarship and advocacy for important programs designed to advance the health of Alabama's citizens."