College of Pharmacy Dean Receives Honor from University of Wisconsin-Madison


ATLANTA – Hewitt W. “Ted” Matthews, Ph.D., dean of the College of Pharmacy and senior vice president for the health sciences at Mercer University, was honored by his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, this past fall.

In recognition of his numerous and esteemed accomplishments, Dr. Matthews received a Citation of Merit during the university's Homecoming celebration in October. The Citation of Merit is one of the highest honors given by the university, second only to the honorary degree. Recipients are honored for their service to education, research or the profession.

Dr. Matthews was selected based upon his extensive achievements in the field of pharmacy education. The University of Wisconsin-Madison noted that Dr. Matthews – with more than 25 years of service – is one of the longest serving deans at the same pharmacy school in the nation, and that the College is ranked among the top five private pharmacy programs by U.S. News & World Report.

The Citation also recognized Dr. Matthews being named the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists Outstanding Dean in 2012; his numerous teaching and service awards, including the 2015 Larry L. Braden Meritorious Service Award for outstanding leadership and contributions to the pharmacy profession from the Georgia Pharmacists Association; and his service as a founder and the inaugural chairman of the board of directors of the National Pharmaceutical Association Foundation (NPhAF).

Dr. Matthews earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Clark Atlanta University and a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Mercer. He went on to earn his Master of Science and Ph.D. in pharmaceutical biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a National Institutes of Health Pre-Doctoral Fellow and a Fellow of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education. He did his post-doctoral work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About the College of Pharmacy

Mercer University's College of Pharmacy is ranked No. 4 among pharmacy programs at private institutions in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. The College offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.). Founded in 1903 as the independent Southern School of Pharmacy, the school merged with Mercer University in 1959 and in 1981 became the first school in the Southeast to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy degree as its sole professional degree. In 1988, the College launched its graduate program, offering the Ph.D. degree in pharmaceutical sciences. The College is one of four health sciences units within the Mercer Health Sciences Center. With an enrollment today of more than 650 students and a distinguished faculty of basic scientists and clinicians, the College of Pharmacy houses seven centers focusing on research, teaching and learning. The College's motto, “A Tradition of Excellence – A Legacy of Caring,” frames its philosophy of providing excellent academic programs in an environment where every student matters and every person counts. For more information about the College, call (678) 547-6244 or visit