Garrelts-MacLean New Department Chair

Linda Garrelts-MacLean has been appointed to a four-year term as chair of the Department of Pharmacotherapy, effective July 1, 2007. She has been serving as interim chair for the past year.

Garrelts-MacLean is a 1978 WSU pharmacy graduate who owned Jones Pharmacy in Spokane for many years until she sold it a few years ago. She has received national attention for her contributions to the profession. Her recognition includes the 1997 selection by Pharmacy Times national magazine as the “Most Influential Woman Pharmacist of the Year; the 1999 selection by American Druggist magazine as one of the nation’s “Top 50 Most Influential Pharmacists”; and the 2001 George S. Maggio Award from the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

She was president of the Washington State Pharmacists Association (WSPA) from 1997-1998 and she has served for many years as a preceptor to WSU pharmacy students. She joined the College one year ago as a full-time faculty member and interim chair of the department. She teaches the nonprescription/herbal course, focusing on the pharmacist’s role in advising and counseling patients with regard to proper over-the-counter medication usage.