After a national search, Dr. Gary Pollack has accepted the position of Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Washington State University.

Dr. Pollack has been at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1984, where he is currently the executive associate dean and professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics of the Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

He will assume the pharmacy dean’s position on Aug. 1, 2010, from Dr. Bill Campbell, who has been serving as interim dean since September 2009. Dr. Campbell was dean and pofessor at the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy until he retired recently and returned home to the state of Washington.

Dr. Pollack is a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Member of the New York Academy of Sciences. He received “Best Overall Instructor” awards in 2005 and 2007, as well as “Best Instructor” awards from individual class years in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Dr. Pollack’s research interests include kinetics of blood-brain barrier transport, neuronal receptor binding and central nervous system effects of xenobiotics; approaches to selective CNS delivery of therapeutic agents; kinetics and mechanisms of opioid tolerance development; contribution of metabolites to the pharmacologic/toxicologic effects of xenobiotics; data analysis methods for pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic systems; and innovative instructional approaches for pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

Dr. Pollack received his bachelor degree in chemistry and psychology from Knox College in Illinois, and his doctoral degree in pharmaceutics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.