Published on July 1, 2016 by Katie Stripling  
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Michael Thomas has been named chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice in Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy, effective August 15, 2016. Thomas, an accomplished educator and administrator, currently serves as vice chair and clinical associate professor for Western New England University College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice in Springfield, Massachusetts.  

“I’m pleased Dr. Thomas will be joining the faculty as chair during this pivotal point in the department’s growth,” said Michael Crouch dean of the McWhorter School of Pharmacy. “As we move to our new state-of-the-art facilities, Dr. Thomas brings unique experience with high fidelity simulation and clear passion for teaching innovation.” 

In 2015, Thomas was elected Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. He has authored numerous publications and is a frequently invited speaker at professional meetings nationwide. He has received recognition for his contributions to clinical pharmacy and pharmacy education and was a 2013 recipient of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Pharmacy Practice Research Award.  

Thomas earned his Pharm.D. from the University of Arizona and completed a post-doctoral pharmacy practice residency at Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, Arizona.  He spent more than a decade as a clinical pharmacist and then adjunct professor with Ferris State University before joining the faculty at South University School of Pharmacy in Savannah, Georgia and eventually Western New England College of Pharmacy. 

Samford’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy has a long history of preparing exemplary graduates who transform lives through pharmacy. Learn more.
 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.