Michael A. Crouch
Associate Provost, College of Health Sciences and Dean and Professor, McWhorter School of Pharmacy
College of Health Sciences
1480 CHS Building 1

Michael Crouch serves as the Fred E. McWhorter Dean and Professor at Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina followed by a first-year pharmacy residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Crouch also received a Doctor of Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina where he completed a second-year residency focused on cardiology. Before joining Samford in 2014, he served on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University (assistant then associate professor of pharmacy and medicine), South University (chair and professor), and East Tennessee State University (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs then Executive Associate Dean).

Crouch is known as a leader in pharmacy education, practice, and research. He has dedicated much of his career to educating pharmacy trainees including professional students, graduate students and pharmacy residents. As a third-generation, licensed pharmacist, he has diverse practice experience in the ambulatory care, hospital, and critical care settings, and he became a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 2009. In addition to extensive scholarly articles, posters, and book chapters, Crouch has served as editor for two books: Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy: A Point-of-Care Guide and Securing and Excelling in a Pharmacy Residency. He presently serves on the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Quality Scholars Advisory Committee, Albert Schweitzer of Alabama Advisory Council, Tuscaloosa Research and Education Advancement Board, and Paraguay Baptist Medical Center Foundation Board.

Crouch is married to Candace, and together they have three children, Jack (age 17), Julia (age 15), and Anna (age 13). In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys fly fishing, motorcycling, and playing the guitar.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Internal Medicine/Cardiology Pharmacy Residency, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Doctor of Pharmacy, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Pharmacy Practice Residency, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Bachelor of Science in pharmacy, University of North Carolina

Awards and Honors

  • Birmingham Business Journal Who’s Who in Healthcare, 2015-2019
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Samford University, 2015
  • Fellow, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2009
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, 2001
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, 2000
  • Teacher of the Year Award, 1998


  • Alabama Society of Health System Pharmacists (ALSHP), member
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), member
  • Alabama Pharmacy Association (APA), member
  • American Pharmacist Association (APhA), member
  • International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), member
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), member
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), member


  • Higher education leadership


  • Crouch M. Samford University Dedicates Pharmacy History Gallery. Pharm Hist 2017;59(1&2):28-30.
  • Baker K, Proctor-Williams K, Cross LB, Alley E, Crouch M. Initial feasibility and efficacy of an interprofessional education pilot program. Int J Health Sci Ed 2016;3(2):Article 4.
  • Crouch M, Baker K. Interprofessional education: it is more than a passing fad. Int J Health Sci Ed 2016;3(2):Article 1.
  • Begley KJ, Monaghan MS, Clavier CW, Lugo RA, Crouch MA. Technology in the pharmacy learning environment: surveys of use and misuse. Inova Pharm 2015;6:Article 2. 
  • Wilson A, Crouch MA, Odle BL. Infective endocarditis. In: DiPiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee GC, Matzke GR, Wells BG, Posey LM, editors. Pharmacotherapy: a pathophysiologic approach. 9th ed. New York, New York: McGraw-Hill;1769-86.


  • Crouch M. The Futures of Pharmacy Practice (ACPE #0002-0000-19-001-L04-P). Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy. Birmingham, Alabama. November 9, 2019.
  • Crouch MA. A Road Less Traveled. Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Tallahassee, Florida. October 3, 2019. 
  • Crouch MA. Challenges and Opportunities in the U.S. Health Care System. Beijing Pharmaceutical Association. Beijing, China. September 8, 2019.
  • Crouch MA. The Future of Pharmacy Practice: Pharmacy 4.0 (ACPE #0002-0000-19-001-L04-P). Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy. Birmingham, Alabama. January 27, 2019.
  • Crouch MA. Advancing Pharmacy Practice: The Role of Pharmacy Schools (ACPE #0178-9999-18-508-L04-P/T). Jefferson County Pharmaceutical Association. Birmingham, Alabama. November 13, 2018.
  • Crouch MA, Chestnut Renea. Effective Advocacy as a Leader and Case Study 4 (ACPE #0581-0000-18-138-L04-P). American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Leadership Fellows Program. Washington, DC. November 7, 2018.
  • Crouch MA. Advancing Pharmacy Practice in the United States: The Role of Pharmacy Schools. Peking Union Medical College Hospital. Beijing, China. September 19, 2018.
  • Crouch MA. The Hidden Curriculum: Developing Leadership Skills in Students (ACPE #0002-0000-17-004-L03-P). Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy. Birmingham, Alabama. January 28, 2018.
  • Crouch MA. Leadership in Pharmacy (ACPE #0172-0000-17-048-L04-P/T). Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ALSHP). Destin, Florida. June 12, 2017.