Ashok E. Philip, Ph.D., Named College of Pharmacy’s Associate Dean of Student Services

By Benjamin Waldrum

“Ashok has had an amazing impact on the College of Pharmacy since his arrival last year,” said Dean Cindy Stowe, Pharm.D. “He’s doing a fantastic job. I feel confident that Ashok will continue to help the college be an even better version of itself.”

As associate dean, Philip is responsible for sustaining a mentoring environment for student pharmacists, as well as recruiting a qualified, diverse student body for the college. This includes oversight and leadership for student admissions, student professional organizations and activities, as well as advising students directly and ensuring they have access to support services.

“I consider this role as an opportunity and a privilege to mentor student pharmacists, and I will continue to do my best to support the student-centered culture at the College of Pharmacy,” Philip said.

Philip joined UAMS in June as a professor and director of assessment. He received his doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the University of Mississippi. He continued his postdoctoral research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis as well as the Center of Drug Design, housed at the University of Minnesota.

Prior to UAMS, he served as professor of pharmaceutical sciences and the director of assessment at the Union University College of Pharmacy in Jackson, Tennessee. In his 13 years as an educator, he was awarded faculty member of the year 10 times.

Philip succeeds Lanita White, Pharm.D., who was named CEO of Community Health Centers of Arkansas, Inc. in November.