Originally established in 1911 as a department of the School of Medicine on the University of Colorado at Boulder, the School of Pharmacy opened its doors with two students and one faculty member. The school became an independent college in 1913 and a school in 1957. It joined the Denver Campus in 1986 and held its first classes at the former Health Sciences Center campus in 1992.
In 2008, the school moved to the new Anschutz Medical Campus, a comprehensive health center where teaching, research and health care combine. Thanks to a $10 million gift from the Skaggs family and the ALSAM Foundation, the school built a 165,000 square foot building to house faculty offices, student services and research laboratories allowing the school to grow its pharmaceutical biotechnology program and create a drug-development center to focus on new medications.
Dedicated in 2011, the school was renamed the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in recognition of the family’s long-standing support. The Skaggs family is nationally recognized as pioneers in the retail drug and grocery business and as generous philanthropists. The new building is located at 12850 East Montview Boulevard, between the AMC Library and the Henderson Parking Structure on the north edge of the Anschutz Medical Campus. You can download a campus map showing the new building location and the location of parking (the Pharmacy building will be number 5 on the map).
Today, the school boasts 80& faculty members and more than 600 students. In the school’s history, there have been only seven deans. The current dean is Dr. Ralph Altiere.