Skaggs School of Pharmacy Dean Announcement (12/4/19)

December 4, 2019

To the campus community:

I am pleased to announce that, following a national search, Marketa Marvanova, PharmD, Ph.D., BCGP, BCPP, FASCP has accepted the position of Dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy at the University of Montana effective Feb. 24, 2020.

Originally from the Czech Republic, Marvanova received her PharmD and Ph.D. in Pathological neurobiochemistry and xenobiochemistry from Charles University in Hradec Kralove, the Czech Republic, in 2003. She also completed a second Ph.D. in neuropharmacology from the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio, Finland in 2004. Upon completion of her second doctoral degree, Marvanova completed a medical research fellowship in neuroscience and neuropsychopharmacology at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine in Nashville and a Parkinson’s disease traineeship at Northwestern University. Since her residency, Marvanova has served in various clinical and academic positions, most recently as chair and professor with tenure in the Department of Pharmacy Practice of North Dakota State University’s School of Pharmacy, where she was a member of the School of Pharmacy and College of Health Professions’ Administrative and Leadership Councils.

Marvanova is actively involved in a variety of national-level service activities oriented strongly towards clinical practice, pharmacy and medical education and assessment of learning and teaching. Among these roles, she serves on the NABP item-writing workshops for NAPLEX, PCOA, and FPGEE, as a clinical consultant specialist in neurology and psychiatry for Wolters Kluwer’s Lexicomp, and as a member of the editorial board of the American Association Neurology bimonthly medical journal entitled Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology. In December 2017, she concluded a three-year term of service on the committee managing the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) exam under the Commission of Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy and played a significant role in redesigning the exam to Board of Pharmacy Specialties standards to aid transition to Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) examination in 2018. Since January 2017, Marvanova has served on the Board of Pharmacy Specialties Psychiatric Pharmacy Council responsible for the BCPP certification/recertification and was reappointed for another three-year term (2020-2022).

Marvanova is an active scholar and her commitment to excellence in scholarship is evident by her sustained productivity and meaningful contributions to neuropsychiatric and geriatric care to promote safe and effective care through original research, systematic literature reviews, case reports, and continuing education clinical modules for health practitioners. She has published 40 peer-reviewed publications, provided more than 20 clinical and research podium presentations at state and national meetings, and more than 50 peer-reviewed research posters. In her administrative role at NDSU, she provided strategic and operational leadership and management for 24 faculty, three staff members, the Office of Experiential Education, the continuing pharmacy education program, and two co-joined PGY1 pharmacy residency programs. As an administrator, she strives to produce positive, mission-, strategy-, assessment-, and accreditation-based outcomes in support of standards of pharmacy education and the roles of the school, college and for institutions and citizens across the state. At NDSU, she developed a collaboration with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences to provide annual interprofessional high-fidelity clinical simulation among third-year pharmacy and second-year medical students.

I look forward to her leadership as Dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Through thoughtful collaboration and inspiring vision, Marvanova will build on the School’s legacy of excellence in shaping generations of future health care professionals in Montana and beyond. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Marvanova on this appointment!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following colleagues:

  • Reed Humphrey, dean of the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, for oversight of this important recruitment;
  • Tony Ward, chair of the School of Public and Community Health Sciences, who chaired the search;
  • the members of the search committee for their thoughtful work and recommendations;
  • Marcie Briggs, for her expertise and support to the search committee; and
  • Jen Geist-Quigley in the CHPBS Dean’s Office for the excellent administrative and logistical support she provided to the search committee.

In closing, I would like to extend my deep appreciation to Dr. Howard Beall, who stepped in to serve as Associate Dean and chief academic officer for the Skaggs School of Pharmacy until his appointment this past February as dean. Beall will retire from UM at the end of this month, after 22 years of service to the School of Pharmacy and the University of Montana.


Jon Harbor, Provost