Abstract

The deans, associate and assistant deans, and department chairs of a college or school of pharmacy retain historic memories of the institution and share the responsibility for day-to-day operation, sustainability, and future planning. Between the anticipated retirement of baby boomers who are senior administrative faculty members and the steady increase in number of colleges and schools of pharmacy, the academy is facing a shortage of qualified successors. Succession planning involves planning for the effective transition of personnel in leadership positions within an organization. This paper describes the subject of succession planning at a sample population of AACP institutions by obtaining perspectives on the subject from the deans of these institutions via standardized interview instruments. The instruments were utilized with 15 deans; all interview data were blinded and analyzed using analyst triangulation. The majority of deans responded that some level of succession planning was desirable and even necessary; however, none claimed to have a formal succession planning structure in place at his or her home institution. Although widely accepted and well-recognized in the corporate and military sectors, succession planning within pharmacy schools and colleges is neither universally documented nor implemented. Differences exist within the administrative structure of these non-academic and academic institutions that may preclude a uniform succession planning format. While the evidence presented suggests that succession planning is needed within the academy, a concerted effort must be made towards implementing its practice.

Notes

Originally published in American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, v.74 no.5 (2010), article no.86. DOI:10.5688/aj740586

Keywords

pharmacy education, succession planning, faculty

Subject Categories

Pharmacy colleges, College administrators - Selection and appointment, Labor turnover

Disciplines

Educational Administration and Supervision | Medical Education | Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Publisher

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)

Publication Date

6-15-2010

Rights Holder

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)