CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misspelled Vice Chancellor and Provost Bob Blouin's name, the article has been updated to reflect the change. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
Angela Kashuba officially assumed her new role as Dean of The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Tuesday, calling for a mindset of creativity that she said will not rest.
The Eshelman program has been under the guidance of interim Dean Dhiren Thakker since 2017, and Kashuba will be its first female leader. A celebration was hosted at The Carolina Club with remarks by both interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and Vice Chancellor and Provost Bob Blouin.
Guskiewicz and Blouin said the search process was complex, but Kashuba is ideal for the position.
“This is not an ordinary school," Blouin said. "It's certainly not an ordinary school of pharmacy. It’s a special school and it needs a special leader.”
Blouin emphasized Kashuba’s credentials in research, treatment and classroom education.
“This is something that we don’t do every day,” Blouin said. “This is an important moment in the life and future of this school.”
He said Kashuba’s commitment to rural health, compassionate patient care and technological innovation is in the DNA of the Eshelman School.
Kashuba said she hopes to grow the campus diversity programs in the medical field, foster more global outreach and connect current students with successful alumni in the pharmaceutical field.