The time a student spends in a University are foundational to their future careers. The connections they build and the community they become a part of leave a permanent mark. Faculty are a substantial part of this community. They guide students through the curriculum, sharing their own experiences and expertise to help students forge their own paths.

At the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) faculty members are passionate about inspiring the next generation of health care providers and scientists. By giving faculty the opportunity to excel through professional advancement and research, both faculty and students benefit. University promotions recognizes a faculty member’s growth through activities in teaching, research and service.

“These faculty members have worked hard to reach this point and I am deeply appreciative for each of them and all of the work they do for the college,” said CPPS Dean Mark Leid.

Effective July 1, 2021, seven CPPS faculty in Spokane and Yakima will receive the following respective promotions:

CPPS Dean Mark Leid (left) presents Danial Baker with certificate recognizing his promotion to Regents Professor during Showcase 2021.

Baker, who also holds the J. Roberts and Marcia Fosberg Distinguished Professorship of Pharmacotherapy, is the first and only Regents Professor in the 130-year history of the college. The rank of Regents Professor is the highest distinction bestowed by the University upon its faculty and can be held by no more than 30 WSU faculty members at any one time. Baker was one of only two scholars across the University system chosen for the promotion this year. The University awards this honor to those who attain the highest level of professional achievement and selected Baker for his international distinction as a thought leader and expert in clinical pharmacy and drug information.

Baker has been a CPPS faculty member for 38 years and also serves as director of the Drug Information Center at the college. In addition, Baker recently contributed his expertise to the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) COVID-19 vaccine handling toolkit as the Healthcare Safety & Quality Expert Committee vice chair. The toolkit was developed to support health care practitioners in the storage and administration of COVID-19 vaccines.

“Danial Baker’s continuing contributions to the pharmacy profession are legendary,” said Leid. “I am honored to call him a colleague.”

Promoted faculty from across the University were honored at a virtual Celebrating Excellence Awards Ceremony, on Friday, March 26 at 3:30 p.m.