Wallace J. Murray, PhD, has joined the faculty at Western University of

Health Sciences (WesternU) as assistant dean for student services in the

College of Pharmacy.

He comes to WesternU from the College of Pharmacy at the University of

Nebraska Medical Center, where he served as assistant dean for curriculum


At WesternU, Dr. Murray’s responsibilities will include student

recruitment, admissions, and academic and professional counseling. His

current project is the recruitment of students for WesternU’s College of

Pharmacy Class of 2004, which he hopes to expand to include applicants

from Northern California and other western states.

Dr. Murray won a Teacher of the Year award in the 1996-97 academic year

from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, is a reviewer for

the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, holds membership with the American

Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and has published more than 50

medical journal articles. He is co-editor of the book “”Herbal Medicinals:

A Clinician’s Guide.””

It was the uniqueness of the pharmacy program that first attracted Dr.

Murray’s attention to WesternU. He said the emphasis on active learning

and the block scheduling system “”are real innovations. It’s the way I wish

I had been taught.””

Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FASHP, CGP, assistant dean for professional

practice at the College of Pharmacy, said Dr. Murray will make an

outstanding addition to the University because of his approachable manner

and expertise.

“”I know students will really enjoy working with him; the faculty already

does,”” Dr. Shimomura said. “”He has a very easy manner about him, and his

pharmaceutical experience is exceptional.””

Dr. Murray earned his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from San

Diego State University and his doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry from

UC San Francisco.

He resides in Rancho Cucamonga.