As the WSU College of Pharmacy consolidates its program in Spokane, longtime faculty member Shelley L. Chambers-Fox at Pullman has elected to leave the university in favor of being a pharmacist at a nonprofit wellness agency in Lewiston, Idaho.

Chambers-Fox has accepted a position with the Lewiston office of the Community Health Association of Spokane, an agency providing community health and wellness services in 10 locations in the Inland Northwest. CHAS has an established professional relationship with the College of Pharmacy and student pharmacists participate in health related activities with the organization. She will transition to the new job May 2013.

Chambers-Fox has been on faculty at the College for 19 years. She received her Ph.D. in pharmacology/toxicology from WSU as well as her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy. She has coordinated the compounding laboratory for many years and taught the basic pharmaceutics and the biopharmaceutics classes, which focus on drug dosage forms, design, solubility, stability, delivery to targets and more. In her compounding lab, students learn the skills of sterile and non-sterile drug preparation: injections, nose drops, molded dosage forms, capsules, suspensions, topical and trans-dermal dosage forms.

She was faculty advisor to the Rho Chi pharmacy student honor society for more than 25 years and has been an advisor to the Professional Pharmacy Student Organization for more than 10 years.

“Student enthusiasm and energy fuel the organization’s programs such as Operation Immunization, Operation Diabetes, Patient Counseling Competition, Cancer Awareness Week, the National Community Pharmacy Association Business Plan Competition, women’s health and invited speakers on the Pullman campus,” Chambers-Fox said. “My role has been is to provide the continuity and policy structure necessary for students to successfully develop as leaders and professionals.”

Pharmacy students in Pullman honored her at a luncheon in April for her help with their student activities. Over the years, Chambers-Fox has participated in numerous pharmacy outreach activities where the presence of a licensed pharmacist was necessary.

“Shelley has been an outstanding teacher, mentor and advisor to many pharmacy students over the years.  She was extraordinarily dedicated to the College of Pharmacy and its students, and we are deeply sorry to see her go,” said Philip Lazarus, chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Pharmacy Dean Gary M. Pollack said, “We are nearing the end of our transition to the Spokane campus and unfortunately, there will be others who are not moving with us. We are looking forward to having everyone in the College of Pharmacy on the same campus again, after being divided for more than 10 years.”

Chambers-Fox said, “I have enjoyed working with pharmacy students immensely, and will miss their enthusiasm and intelligence. In this new stage in my career I am very pleased to be able to work as a pharmacist in a health clinic that allows pharmacists an expanded role in the health care system.”