College of Pharmacy to undergo leadership transition

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The exterior of the Moye Pharmacy and Health Center on the Mercer Atlanta campus
Moye Pharmacy and Health Sciences Center. Photo by Matt Smith

ATLANTA – After seven years as dean of the Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Dr. Brian L. Crabtree has announced plans to step aside at the end of July. Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice Dr. Pamela Moye has been named interim dean of the College by Provost D. Scott Davis, Ph.D., effective August 1.

“Coming home to Mercer University, my alma mater, and serving as dean of the College of Pharmacy is the honor and highlight of my career,” said Dean Crabtree. “I am proud and humbled by the service and accomplishments of our graduates, students, faculty and staff over the history of the College, and look forward to future generations reaching even greater heights.”

environmental headshot of Dr. Brian Crabtree
Dr. Brian Crabtree

Dr. Crabtree was named dean in 2017. A graduate of the Mercer College of Pharmacy, he previously served as professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Wayne State University’s Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, also serving the College as interim associate dean for pharmacy. Prior to joining Wayne State, Dr. Crabtree was on the faculty of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy for 28 years.

Among the many accomplishments during his tenure, Dr. Crabtree was instrumental in planning and seeing through to completion the new Tony and Nancy Moye Pharmacy and Health Sciences Center, which opened to rave reviews from students, faculty and staff in January. A dedication ceremony for the new facility will be held on April 19.

“I would like to thank Dean Crabtree for his dedicated service to the College of Pharmacy and the University. The focus on working with numerous stakeholders in an overhaul of the instructional and clinical programs to meet the needs of today’s pharmacist while, at the same time, providing oversight for the design of the Tony and Nancy Moye Pharmacy and Health Sciences Center was quite the undertaking,” Dr. Davis said. “I am happy to say, under Brian’s leadership, the College of Pharmacy is poised for a great future.”

Dr. Moye, who serves as Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, joined Mercer’s faculty in 2007. She also chairs the College’s DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) committee.

Dr. Pamela Moye. Photo by Paula Heller

“Dr. Moye has been on my radar for some time. Her rapid professional ascent both within the College of Pharmacy and on the national stage has been impressive to watch,” Dr. Davis said. “I look forward to working with Pam as she takes the reins of leadership for the College of Pharmacy and continues to position it as a national leader in pharmacy education and research.” 

She is a past recipient of the College of Pharmacy’s Distinguished Educator Award and the Excellence in Service Award.

Dr. Moye is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, a 2023 fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) academic leadership program and a member of the Class of 2019 ACCP Foundation’s mentored research investigator training program.

Her practice-based research interests include heart failure management, global health and transitions of care. 

“I am honored to be named the interim dean of the College,” said Dr. Moye. “It has been a privilege serving the students, faculty and staff as chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve the College as interim dean.”

Dr. Moye earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) at the University of Georgia.

The University is in the process of a nationwide search to find a permanent replacement for Dean Crabtree.