Welcome Dean Gary Pollack, PhD

On May 20, 2021, the University at Buffalo announced the appointment of Gary Pollack, PhD ’84, as the 12th dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. We are pleased to begin this new chapter of the school’s history under the leadership of Dean Pollack effective August 15, 2021.  

About Gary Pollack, PhD

Gary Pollack, PhD.

Dr. Pollack, who currently serves as dean and professor of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toledo, brings to this role extensive leadership experience, exceptional scholarly and teaching accomplishments, a collaborative approach to leadership, and an innovative and ambitious vision for the school.

“I am so looking forward to 'coming home' to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, to UB, and to the Western New York community. The school, its alumni and the university are among the finest in the nation. The historical impact of this school is undeniable, and I believe that the best is yet to come. I am excited to join the school in August and to begin our journey together. ”
Gary Pollack, PhD '84

Dr. Pollack joined the University of Toledo in 2019 from Washington State University (WSU) where he served as dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for nearly a decade. At WSU, Dr. Pollack led the college in relocating to the Health Sciences campus, reinvigorating its professional degree program, strengthening graduate education and faculty research, and enhancing alumni engagement. Prior to WSU, Dr. Pollack served at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as executive associate dean of the School of Pharmacy and chair and professor of the pharmaceutical sciences division.

A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, Dr. Pollack’s research focuses on how drugs and toxicants affect the central nervous system, and he has made significant contributions to the understanding of opioid tolerance. A prolific author, he has published over 150 refereed journal articles. Dr. Pollack serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Experimental Pharmacology, and was formerly associate editor of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Dr. Pollack holds a PhD in pharmaceutics from the University at Buffalo and bachelor’s degree in chemistry/psychology from Knox College.