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Meet the Dean

About the Dean

Ralph J. Altiere is Professor and Dean of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, USA. Professor Altiere’s career in education and research spans nearly 35 years that includes several years in the pharmaceutical industry and over 30 years in faculty positions at the University of Kentucky and the University of Colorado. Prior to taking on the role of associate dean for academic affairs, Dr. Altiere had a continuously funded research program for more than 15 years.
As associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy, he was responsible for leading the conversion of the pharmacy education program from the BS to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program and had administrative oversight for development of a largely online non-traditional post-BS PharmD degree program.  From 1998 to 2005, he was director of the Pharmacy Student Research Conference – Western Region. He served as a member of the advisory board for the UC Denver Center for Bioethics and Humanities and the Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute. He has held numerous positions in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) including Chair of the Section of Teachers of Biological Sciences and was a fellow in the inaugural AACP Leadership Fellows Program.  He is the recipient, as co-author, of local and national innovations in teaching awards, as well as the 2004 recipient of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Diversity Award and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Chancellor’s Diversity Recognition Award in 2007. As a leader in diversity efforts, Dr. Altiere served as director of a HRSA Center of Excellence Diversity Program.
In his role as dean, he has administrative responsibility for a school nationally ranked number 4 in research funding and in the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the US, nationally and internationally recognized clinical pharmacy programs and innovative international pharmacy education programs.  Professor Altiere also serves as President of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Academic Pharmacy Section and a member of the FIPEd Internal Reference Group, the FIP Board of Pharmacy Practice, the FIP Congress Programme Committee and the FIP Academic Institutional Membership Advisory Group.