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FDU appoints new Dean for School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

June 13, 2022 – Fairleigh Dickinson University has named Anastasia Rivkin, Pharm.D., Ed.D., Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, effective July 1. Dr. Rivkin served as acting dean.

Anastasia Rivkin, Pharm.D. and Ed.D.

“Anastasia’s leadership and expertise is a tremendous strength for the future of FDU’s health initiatives in pharmacy and beyond,” said Michael J. Avaltroni, university president and senior vice president. for academic affairs. “Please join me in congratulating her, and I know you will support her well in this important role.”

Anastasia joined FDU as Assistant Dean of the Faculty of the School of Pharmacy – as it was then known – as it welcomed its inaugural class in 2012. Since then, she has been instrumental in the development of the Doctor of Pharmacy program, evaluation and accreditation efforts. Program monitoring and ongoing monitoring of healthcare industry trends, as well as student performance evaluations have resulted in several quality improvement initiatives under his leadership. These include supporting the development and implementation of the enriched curriculum of the Doctor of Pharmacy program, the launch of a new experiential teaching and assessment approach, and recommendations to improve the performance of graduates in national board examinations. These quality improvement interventions and initiatives demonstrate positive results for the programs and for the University. As a result, during her role as Acting Dean, the School and the Doctor of Pharmacy program received very positive and encouraging feedback from her accreditation visit, with all 25 accreditation standards being cited as compliant. She also collaborated with the school team to help establish new programs in public health, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy and social work.

Prior to her appointment as Acting Dean, Anastasia served as the School’s Executive Associate Dean and Assistant Dean of Faculty. Prior to joining FDU, she headed the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University. She is a licensed pharmacist in New York and New Jersey, a board-certified drug therapy specialist, and an immunization pharmacist. She is actively involved in pharmacy practice and education organizations at the national and local levels: she is an active member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), where she is a delegate, and a member of the writing of the organization magazine. She is also a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), as well as the New Jersey Pharmacists Association (NJPhA) and the New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacist (NJSHP), where she is part of a group of management.

Anastasia received her Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy from North Dakota State University; she completed her residency at Yale New Haven Health in Connecticut; 18 years after completing her residency, she received a John J. Zugich Distinguished Alumnus Award from Yale New Haven Health for her achievements in pharmacy education. She also holds a PhD in Education in Higher Education from FDU’s Peter Sammartino School of Education.

Author of over 50 peer-reviewed textbook chapters, publications and presentations that appear in high-impact pharmaceutical journals, medical journals and textbooks, his areas of expertise include pharmacy education, critical care and gastrointestinal and liver diseases.