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Office of the Dean

Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy

Dr. Debbie Byrd

Debbie  Byrd PharmD, MBA, BCPS

423-439-2068 /
Building 7, Room 207

Debbie C. Byrd, PharmD, MBA, BCPS is Dean of Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University. Previous administrative leadership experience includes roles as Associate Dean for Professional Affairs and Assistant Dean for a new distance education campus, serving as Director of Experiential Learning and as Director for Primary Care and Rural Primary Care Residency Programs, and representing the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Teachers of Pharmacy Practice as chair of the section. A professor of Pharmacy Practice, Dr. Byrd’s practice experience includes development of new patient care services for underserved Family Medicine patients at sites including a private community hospital, rural mobile health clinic, rural private practice, and a large academic medical center. Honored as a Preceptor of Excellence, her leadership in education includes curricular redesign, faculty orientation and mentoring programs, formal resident teaching and learning program activities, and an academia and leadership APPE.  Dr. Byrd is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis followed by a Primary Care Specialty Residency at the National Institutes of Health. She began the first ten years of her academic career at Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, followed by another decade at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Byrd is a graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education Management Development Program and the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program. She and her husband of 26 years, Robert, are proud parents of two boys, Noah (15) and Nathan (11).

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