HNN Staff

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University has named Dr. Kevin W. Yingling founding dean of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy, according to Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp, Ph.D.

A pharmacist and physician, Yingling has more than 20 years experience in graduate medical education. He is chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. He has been a registered pharmacist since 1981, the medical director of the medical school’s Center for Pharmacologic Study since 1992 and a consultant pharmacist since 1995. He is an associate professor of medicine and pharmacology at the school of medicine.

Yingling begins his new duties immediately. He will lead the university’s new pharmacy school, which was approved by the Marshall University Board of Governors in December 2009. The timeline for acceptance of the first class of pharmacy students will be determined in consultation with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the pharmacy profession’s educational credentialing agency.

“This is an exceptional opportunity and I am pleased to be able to play a role in establishing the Marshall University School of Pharmacy,” said Yingling. “This is my opportunity to grow something for an institution that has been a part of my life for more than 40 years, beginning when I moved to Huntington as a youngster, when my father accepted a job at the university.

“Marshall University gave me a solid foundation that has allowed me to accomplish a great deal professionally, and I look forward to helping shape the future of pharmacist training in our state and region.”

Yingling received his B.S. in pharmacy from West Virginia University and his M.D. from Marshall. He completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He has served as an honorary visiting academic fellow in clinical pharmacology at the University of Southampton in Southampton, England.

He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. In October 2010, Yingling was honored with the Laureate Award from the West Virginia Chapter of the American College of Physicians, recognizing excellence in medical care, education or research.

Since 1992, Yingling has served on the board of directors of Doctors Care of Cabell County, a voluntary physician organization that provides free services to underserved patients. He has also served on faith-based medical missions to Russia, Bolivia and Haiti.

“I am delighted Dr. Yingling has agreed to serve as founding dean of our school of pharmacy,” Kopp said. “His experience and commitment to interdisciplinary education and team-based practice is precisely what will be needed to successfully lead the development of this program. His long-standing association with Marshall, as well as his dedication to our institution and community, make him the perfect choice as we take this important step forward.”

Kopp said the Marshall University School of Pharmacy will help to reverse the significant shortage of pharmacists in West Virginia, which ranks among the top 10 percent of states in unmet pharmacist demand. This shortage is likely to become greater as West Virginia’s population ages and more pharmacists are needed as their practice role evolves in outpatient care centers, large specialty practices (oncology), nursing care facilities, and rural health clinics and care centers.

In addition to providing needed healthcare options for West Virginia and the entire Appalachian region, based on recent studies of the economic impact of higher education institutions in West Virginia, the Marshall University School of Pharmacy is expected to generate more than $150 million in regional economic impact.  Additionally, Marshall’s pedigree in bioscience research will present new opportunities for funding and powerful private-sector partnerships with pharmaceutical and therapeutics companies, which will add to this impact, Kopp said.