Eshelman dean to co-chair Walgreens council

The national Walgreens Deans Advisory Council will collaborate on issues such as staffing and how to better utilize pharmacists to improve patient care.

Angela Kashuba
Dean Angela Kashuba of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Angela Kashuba, dean of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, will co-chair a new advisory group aimed at enhancing the pharmacy profession and supporting pharmacists as they provide care to their communities.

The Walgreens Deans Advisory Council consists of 17 pharmacy school deans and Walgreens leadership. Kashuba and other members will meet quarterly with the goal of finding ways to attract, recruit and create a dynamic workplace for current and future pharmacists.

According to Walgreens, the group’s initial priorities include:

  • Rebuilding the talent pipeline and focusing on recruitment efforts.
  • Addressing staffing challenges and improving job satisfaction.
  • Advising on all aspects of community pharmacy strategy.

“As the recent pandemic highlighted, pharmacists are the most accessible, trusted healthcare providers. They serve as the front door to health in their communities, yet community pharmacy remains one of health care’s most underutilized resources,” Kashuba said. “Our schools train pharmacists to fill health care gaps and improve patient care through disease screening, prevention and treatment. I’m excited to collaborate with Walgreens to better align workplace conditions with training to transform the future of community pharmacy.”

Kashuba joined the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty in 1997 and has served as dean since 2019. She’s also the director of the UNC Center for AIDS Research Clinical Pharmacology and Analytical Chemistry Core.

The Deans Advisory Council’s first meeting will be held in March.