MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — What started out as a small department in the state’s leading university has become a school recognized as No. 26 in the Best Health Schools-Pharmacy category of the U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

The year 2014 marks 100 years of the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy providing pharmacy education.

“This is a landmark occasion for the school,” Dean Patricia Chase, Ph.D., said. “The WVU School of Pharmacy has been educating pharmacists and leaders in the profession of pharmacy for 100 years. This is truly a time to celebrate the history of the school and look forward to what the future holds.”

The almost 4,000 alumni of the WVU School of Pharmacy have worked to help shape and change the profession of pharmacy and pharmacy practice. 

“Our alumni have not only helped improve the health of West Virginians but have improved the health of individuals wherever they have practiced and are practicing, across the nation or across the globe,” Dr. Chase said.

“Whether our graduates are providing healthcare services in community or hospital pharmacies, serving patients by being part of their healthcare team while in the hospital, researching and developing medications in industry settings, being part of national organizations that help develop guidelines and regulations for the profession of pharmacy, or being a faculty member teaching the next generation of pharmacists, our alumni are making a difference in the health of our state, our country, and the world.”

Graduates of the WVU School of Pharmacy are asked to reconnect with their alma mater and fellow classmates during the school’s Centennial Celebration Weekend June 13-14, 2014, in Morgantown. Details and registration for weekend activities can be found at



For more information: Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy, 304-293-7192