President Gormley Appoints New School of Pharmacy Division Heads

Ken Gormley, president of Duquesne University, recently appointed Wilson Meng, B.S. Pharmacy, Ph.D., division head of Pharmaceutical, Administrative and Social Sciences (PASS) division and Anthony Guarascio, Pharm.D., division head of Pharmacy Practice division for the School of Pharmacy and Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Both Dr. Meng and Dr. Guarascio served as interim division heads prior to the official appointment.

Anthony GuarascioDr. Anthony Guarascio, an associate professor of pharmacy practice, has been with School of Pharmacy since 2014 and was promoted to an associate professor with tenure in 2017. He is aninfectious diseases clinical specialist and maintains a clinical practice site at Allegheny General Hospital, where he is a member of the multidisciplinary infectious diseases consult medical service. He was named interim division head of the Division of Pharmacy Practice in June 2021.

During his time at Duquesne University, Dr. Guarascio has been named professor of the year by the School of Pharmacy classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 and received a Duquesne University Predidential Scholarship Award in 2019. He recently received the Dean;s Award in 2021 for his service as chair of the School of Pharmacy self-study for the Spring 2021 Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accreditation visit. The School of Pharmacy's accreditation was renewed through 2029.

Dr. Guarascio believes the School of Pharmacy faculty and staff are dedicated to patient care services central to the mission of the School–to educate and mentor students who advance the profession of pharmacy and pharmaceutical research to improve the health outcomes of patients and their communities

"My goal is to create an environment where faculty and staff continue to thrive and grow academically providing quality student pharmacist education, patient care services and scholarship," Dr. Guarascio says. "I have always enjoyed collaborating with colleagues within the School of Pharmacy, and I now look forward to working more closely with the Pharmacy Practice division to achieve our shared academic and professional goals."

Wilson MengDr. Meng, a professor of pharmaceutics, joined the School of Pharmacy and Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty in 2001 as an assistant professor. He was named the interim division head of the PASS division in July 2020. In more 20 years with the School of Pharmacy, Dr. Meng has received the President's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and the University Creative Teaching Award and was inducted into the University Research Hall of Fame.

Additionally, Dr. Meng has advised five Ph.D. and two M.S. graduates who have gone on to enjoy successful careers in the pharmaceutical industry and academia. He also has served as research mentor for more than a dozen Pharm.D. students, who were able to leverage their research experience gained in his lab to succesfully apply for residencies, fellowships and medical and graduate programs. He hopes to bring his research and experience working with students into his new role as division head.

"My overarching goal in leading our academic unit is to cultivate an environment in which excellence in teaching, research and service are sustainable. I believe much can be accomplished through empathy," Dr. Meng says. "I'm incredibly honored and humbled to be elected to serve in this role; I hope to play a part in helping our students and faculty to succeed."

Outside of the his work with the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy and Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Meng is an avid pickleball player.

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