Michael A. Crouch
Fred E. McWhorter Dean and Professor, McWhorter School of Pharmacy
College of Health Sciences
2209 CHS Building 2

Michael Crouch serves as the Fred E. McWhorter Dean and Professor of 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 Baptist Medical Center. Crouch also received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, where he completed a second-year residency focused on cardiology. Before joining Samford in 2014, previous faculty appointments included Virginia Commonwealth University (Assistant then Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine), South University (Chair and Professor), and East Tennessee State University (Associate Dean then Executive Associate Dean and Director of the Interprofessional Education Program). During the COVID-19 pandemic, he served as Acting Associate Provost of Samford University’s College of Health Sciences.

Crouch is a leader in pharmacy higher education, practice, and scholarship. He has dedicated much of his career to educating pharmacy trainees, including pharmacy students, graduate students, and pharmacy residents. Crouch is a third-generation pharmacist with diverse practice experience in ambulatory care, hospital, and critical care pharmacy. In addition to being a current licensed pharmacist, he obtained board certification in pharmacotherapy in 1996 with cardiology added qualifications in 2000. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists named him a fellow 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, AHEC Statewide Advisory Council, Albert Schweitzer of Alabama Advisory Council, Tuscaloosa Research and Education Advancement Board, and Paraguay Baptist Medical Center Foundation Board. 

Crouch is married to his wife, Candace, and together they have three teenage children, Jack, Julia, and Anna. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys golfing, flyfishing, motorcycling, and music.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in pharmacy, University of North Carolina
  • Doctor of Pharmacy, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Pharmacy Practice Residency, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Internal Medicine/Cardiology Pharmacy Residency, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Awards and Honors

  • Beta Gamma Sigma (ΒΓΣ) International Business Honor Society, Samford University, 2022
  • Birmingham Business Journal Who’s Who in Healthcare, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔE) 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
  • Clinical Research Award, MUSC College of Pharmacy, 1995
  • Rho Chi (PX) Honor Society, MUSC College of Pharmacy,1994
  • Phi Lambda Sigma (ΦΛΣ) Pharmacy Leadership Society, UNC School of Pharmacy, 1990


  • Leadership Birmingham Members Association
  • Alabama Society of Health System Pharmacists (ALSHP)
  • Alabama Pharmacy Association (APA)
  • International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
  • American Pharmacist Association (APhA)
  • Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI)  
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)  
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
  • Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity (KΨ)  


  • Higher education leadership



  • Crouch MA, editor. Securing and excelling in a pharmacy residency. Sudbury, Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett Learning; 2011.
  • Crouch MA, editor. Cardiovascular pharmacotherapy: a point-of-care guide. Bethesda, Maryland: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; 2010.


  • 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. 
  • Crouch MA, Bishop WS. Build it and they will come: a closer look at expanding  interprofessional education at East Tennessee State University. Nurs 21st Cent 2014;1(2): Article 4.


  • Crouch M. Continuum of Care. Leadership Birmingham Healthy Community Day. Birmingham, Alabama. January 13, 2022.
  • Crouch M, Anderson-Fung J, Garmon C, Prince V, Yeatman, D. Samford Pharmacy Advocacy Day. Birmingham, Alabama. January 7, 2022.
  • Crouch M. Pharmacy Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic (ACPE #0002-0000-20-15-L04-P). Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy 2020 Homecoming CE Program. November 14, 2020.
  • Crouch M. Pharmacy Schools Education Update (ACPE #0172-0000-20-011-L04-P/T). Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ALSHP). Virtual Summer Meeting. July 27, 2020.
  • Cale D, Cobb T, Crouch M, Garmon C, Yeatman D. Advocacy Related to the Futures of Pharmacy Practice. Samford Pharmacy Advocacy Day. Birmingham, Alabama. January 25, 2020.
  • 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.