Dick Gourley Steps Down as Pharmacy Dean to Lead UTRF

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Chancellor Steve J. Schwab and Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, newly appointed dean for the College of Pharmacy, have announced that Dick Gourley, PharmD, has stepped down as Pharmacy dean to lead the UT Research Foundation (UTRF).

Chancellor Steve J. Schwab of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, FCCP, FASHP, newly appointed dean for the College of Pharmacy at UTHSC, have announced that Dick Gourley, PharmD, has stepped down as dean of the UT College of Pharmacy, in order to immediately assume the leadership role as interim president of the University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF). UTRF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes the commercialization of the University of Tennessee intellectual property. In addition, UTRF encourages an entrepreneurial culture, contributes to state and regional economic development, and promotes research and education to benefit the people of Tennessee and beyond.

“Dick Gourley has contributed more than 22 years of outstanding service to the UT College of Pharmacy,” said Chancellor Schwab. “His many significant contributions at the Health Science Center and his willingness to take on the challenges and opportunities at UTRF are greatly appreciated.”

James C. Eoff, PharmD, who has been executive associate dean for the UT College of Pharmacy since 1988, has been named interim dean for the college until Dr. Chisholm-Burns arrives on campus. “A professor, researcher and central team member in the administration of the college, Dr. Eoff is well equipped to serve as interim dean and to assist Dr. Chisholm-Burns in this transition,” Chancellor Schwab noted.

Dr. Chisholm-Burns was named the next dean for the UT College of Pharmacy on September 23. She is currently professor and head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. Dr. Chisholm-Burns will be on campus frequently over the next few months while she and Dr. Eoff manage the transition. She is expected to be on campus full time by the middle of the spring semester.