Lynda S. Welage, PharmD, FCCP, Named Dean of the College of Pharmacy

Feb. 15, 2017

Dr. Lynda S. Welage has been named dean of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, effective July 31, 2017, and pending approval by the Board of Regents at its March meeting.

As dean, Welage will be chief executive officer and chief academic officer of the College of Pharmacy, a leader in innovative pharmacy education, research, policy, and practice development, offering professional and graduate programs on both the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. Welage will provide strategic and intellectual leadership and administrative oversight for the school and will collaborate with other campus deans to advance the University's collective mission.

Welage brings to the University extensive experience as a collaborative academic leader and an accomplished translational researcher, educator, and pharmacy practitioner. Since 2011, she has been dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, where she is also professor of pharmacy practice and administrative sciences. Previously, she was a professor, clinical pharmacist, and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, having joined that faculty in 1988. Her varied leadership roles at Michigan included service as associate director of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research.

As dean at New Mexico, she oversaw the development of innovative educational and practice models, growth in the College of Pharmacy's research program, and strategic initiatives to improve the health of local and global communities. She strengthened clinical initiatives in care management that benefit pharmacy students and serve the public--including the launch of a Medication Therapy Call Center to optimize medication therapy management in underserved rural communities across the state. Under her leadership, the college completed a strategic plan, updated its Pharm.D. curriculum to enhance integration of foundational and clinical sciences, strengthened interprofessional education and practice, and launched a dual Pharm.D./M.S. program in pharmaceutical sciences. She also expanded development initiatives and enhanced faculty mentoring programs, including initiatives for faculty of color in the health sciences.

"Dr. Welage is an outstanding choice to lead the College of Pharmacy," said Marilyn Speedie, who has served as dean of the college since 1996. "Her tremendous accomplishments and experience make her the ideal person to build upon our college's legacy of leadership. I look forward to working with her as she transitions into her new role."

Welage holds a doctor of pharmacy degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Division of Clinical Pharmacy, and a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, Ann Arbor. A nationally known expert on critical care and drug absorption, she has researched, published, and presented extensively on issues related to alterations in intestinal transport processes during acute inflammatory states.

Welage is on the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Board of Trustees, is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Council of Deans' Task Force on Population Health, is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and has held many other leadership roles in local, state, and national pharmacy and medical organizations.

“Please join Vice President Brooks Jackson and me in welcoming Lynda Welage to the University of Minnesota,” said Karen Hanson, executive vice president and provost. “We are confident that her leadership experience, research accomplishments, and collaborative working style will advance the excellence of the College of Pharmacy--building on the exceptional leadership of Marilyn Speedie.”


Amy Leslie,, 612-624-7654