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The Dean’s Office

Meet the Dean

Mark Leid is a respected leader in the pharmacy community and the 12th dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is noted for his research in the discovery of proteins that play key roles in the development of several organ systems and excellence in teaching. Leid has worked at one of the premier molecular biology labs in the world, alongside world renowned molecular biologist, Pierre Chambon, at the Institute for Genetics and Cellular and Molecular Biology in Strasbourg, France. Prior to his appointment at WSU, Leid served in a variety of faculty and administrative positions at the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, including Associate Dean for Research and Interim Dean. He was voted Professor of the Year seven times by PharmD students in the OSU College of Pharmacy and has trained over 80 scientists in his laboratory over his 28 years as a faculty member.

Leid’s upbringing is deeply rooted in eastern Washington. Growing up in a farming community near Walla Walla has shaped his views on ensuring medically underserved areas have access to healthcare. Returning to his alma mater, Leid sees WSU’s land-grant mission to serve local communities as a personal undertaking. Leid received his Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1983 at WSU and worked as a community and hospital pharmacist in Walla Walla and the surrounding area before pursuing his PhD in pharmacology at Oregon State University.

Previous deans to the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

George H. Watt – 1893-1913
Asa F. Maxwell – 1913-1917
Pearl H. Dirstine – 1917-1952
Haakon Bang – 1952-1960
Allen I. White – 1960-1979
Larry M. Simonsmeier – 1982-1985
Robert V. Smith – 1985-1987
Mahmoud M. Abel-Monem – 1987-1998
William E. Fassett – 1999-2005
James P. Kehrer – 2005-2009
Gary M. Pollack – 2010-2019