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David G. Bowyer, RPh, Named Chair, UCSOP Pharmacy Practice

Release Date:  Monday, April 07, 2014

Charleston, WV  - David Bowyer has been named Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP).  Mr. Bowyer’s responsibilities include development and oversight of budget, hiring and mentorship of new faculty, provision of leadership to existing faculty and staff, clinical programs, oversight of experiential education and residency programs. 

For the past nine years Mr. Bowyer has served as Director of Experiential Education at UCSOP.  

During this time he established advanced practice experiences, early practice experiences and service learning for classes of 80 students annually and developed all policies and procedures for the program.  In addition, he was instrumental in the implementation UCSOP’s Interprofessional education program.  

Mr. Bowyer received his B.S. in Pharmacy from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy.  He has worked in a variety of practice settings during his pharmacy career, including hospital and community pharmacy.  He has also provided services as a consultant pharmacist in long term care settings.  Mr. Bowyer has been president of the West Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists and has served two terms as voting delegate to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists representing West Virginia.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Rural Health Association. 

He has worked primarily in a rural setting for the majority of his career and has developed an interest in improving health care in those areas.  He organized and has served as the coordinator of the Alliance for Pharmacist Care (a collation of various pharmacy stakeholders in WV) since their founding. The Alliance develops a unified pharmacy legislative agenda and advocates for the advancement of pharmacy practice in West Virginia. 

Dr. Michelle Easton, Dean UC School of Pharmacy said “We are pleased that Dave has accepted this leadership role with UCSOP.  His dedication to the program, the profession and West Virginia, along with his insight and foresight are valuable qualities that will serve us well as we continue to achieve our programmatic mission and goals.” 

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy enrolled its first students in 2006, and received full accreditation when the first class graduated in May 2010. Each year, the school educates over 300 student pharmacists in its technology-filled building. The program is known for the close cooperation between students and faculty, an emphasis on professionalism and advocacy, and PharmUC, an on-campus provider of medication therapy management and chronic disease education services for patients.  

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