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).