Patricia Chase has been Gates Wigner Dean for the School of Pharmacy at West Virginia University since 2006, and is a full professor in the School. She holds a bachelor's degree from the Albany College of Pharmacy, a master's degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. degree in Education Administration, Supervision and Curriculum Development from the University of Colorado. She completed an ASHP-accredited residency at Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y. Prior to coming to WVU, she served as Dean of Pharmacy at Butler University for six years.
Dr. Chase's research has focused on topics such as leadership development and mentoring, innovative curriculum development, and programmatic assessment. While serving as dean at Butler University in Indianapolis, she completed a four-year grant to secure medications for the uninsured. This grant was in partnership with Central Indiana Health Services, Indiana Health and Hospitals, and the Indiana Health Centers. In four years, the program secured more than $5 million in free medications for the working poor. Working with faculty in other disciplines at WVU, she is the Principal Investigator on a Claude Worthingon Benedum Grant that has developed an interprofessional course for students in Pharmacy, Medicine and Dentistry. The grant - "The Center for Healthy Practitioners" -- has expanded the "My First Patient" program to students in the three disciplines. Several papers and publications on the health of this population will be generated as the program is assessed.
Dr. Chase's scholarly activities include serving as a facilitator for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Institute for Pedagogical and Curriculum Change, and the AACP New Teachers Seminar. She also participated in the development of the AACP Education Scholar Program, serving as author for two of its web-based modules. For the past 11 years, she has been the keynote speaker for the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP). In this capacity, she has taught the academic leadership part of the curriculum. In July 2014, she was installed as President of AACP.
In 2006, Dr. Chase and her colleagues received an Innovations in Teaching Award from AACP's Innovations in Teaching Award program for her work on the "My First Patient" program. Previously, she received an Honorable Mention from the Innovations in Teaching Award for her work, "Discovery Maps: Student-centered Curricular Integration." Her health and wellness program for the faculty and staff at Butler University received a Bronze Award from the Indiana Wellness Council in 2006. She has been recognized as a Fellow in the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, received the Outstanding Leadership Award from Western University of Health Sciences, and was named Manager of the Year for the Oklahoma Medical Center. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Terry Hageboeck Award, which is presented by the graduating class at Butler University to a faculty member for "devotion to the profession of pharmacy with a compassion for students not only in the classroom, but also in their personal lives."
While practicing in Maine, Dr. Chase developed a statewide poison education program that was named a Distinguished Community Health Education Program by the U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services. She subsequently received the Huddilston Award from the Maine Lung Association, thus becoming the first pharmacist to be recognized as the Health Educator of the Year for the state of Maine. She was also recognized as Hospital Pharmacist of the Year by the Maine Society of Health System Pharmacists.
Prior to transitioning into academia, Dr. Chase had nearly 20 years of experience serving as director of pharmacy in hospitals ranging in size from 86 beds to more than 650. Dr. Chase and her husband, Jim, have been married for almost 45 years, and had three children: Julie (deceased), Adam and Alison. She also has three loving grandchildren: Porter, Miles and Lila.