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School of Pharmacy and Health Professions dean to retire in 2018

SPAHP Dean J. Chris Bradberry, PharmDFollowing a nearly 15-year career as the dean of the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, with interim stints at the highest levels of University leadership, J. Chris Bradberry, PharmD, will retire in 2018.

Under Bradberry’s leadership, the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions greatly expanded its reach with the nation’s first entry-level, distance-based doctor of occupational therapy pathway program, a partnership with the University of Alaska at Anchorage initiated in 2008. In 2013 and 2015, hybrid pathway programs emerged in the greater Omaha area and at Regis University in Denver.

The school has also taken a central role in interprofessional education, research and practice in the health sciences, ushering in a new era in collaborative care among the various disciplines represented at Creighton. More than 3,500 students have graduated from the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions over the course of Bradberry’s deanship.

“We are profoundly grateful for Dean Bradberry’s leadership at Creighton and his service to the wider world of health care,” said the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ. “His tenure has embodied the virtues of gentleness and compassion that are the necessary hallmarks both for the care of patients and the training of the next generation of health care professionals. We are indebted to Chris for his vision and his unflinching willingness to pilot Creighton into the future of care.”

Bradberry arrived at Creighton in 2003 from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, where he was a professor in the departments of Pharmacy and Family Practice and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacoeconomics. Bradberry also earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and completed residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston before embarking upon a far-ranging career in community, institutional and academic pharmacy practice taking him to the Chinle Health Center with the Navajo Nation, the Indian Health Service, the U.S. Public Health Service, and on the faculties of the University of Nebraska, the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma.

In addition to his service in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Bradberry was twice tapped to help lead the University during transitional periods.

Between January and August in 2014, Bradberry served as interim vice president for academic affairs. A few months later, in November 2014, with the announced retirement of then-Creighton President the Rev. Timothy Lannon, SJ, Bradberry was asked to serve as the University’s interim president until the beginning of Fr. Hendrickson’s presidency on July 1, 2015.

“This University is and I, personally, am indebted to Chris for the excellent job he did in leading Creighton for the months immediately preceding my tenure,” Fr. Hendrickson said. “His experience, wisdom and guidance ensured a smooth transition that kept the University driving forward with purpose and mission.”

While Bradberry’s administrative leadership kept him busy, he still managed to remain active in academic pursuits. A specialist in clinical lipidology, Bradberry maintains associations and work in many regional, national and international academic and pharmacy-related organizations, including servic as the past chair of the Council of Deans of the American Association of College of Pharmacy, a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association a fellow of the American Heart Association, a fellow of the National Lipid Association and a Diplomate of the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology.

“Dean Bradberry exemplifies Creighton’s central Jesuit tenets of servant leadership and care for the whole person,” Creighton Provost Tom Murray, PhD, said. “His work at Creighton has been defined by looking for ways to serve patients, students, staff, faculty, researchers — the whole of the University and the community Creighton serves. He has been a tireless advocate for Creighton and its academic programs, working to make the Creighton name known far and wide and synonymous with service, justice, compassion and leadership in the health sciences.”

Bradberry’s final official day at Creighton will be April 30, 2018. He plans to retire to Frisco, Texas, coincidentally the residence of Sidney Stohs, PhD, who preceded Bradberry as dean.

A farewell reception for Bradberry will be held Tuesday, April 17, from 3 to 5 p.m., in the ballroom of the Harper Center.

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