HPU Names Lingle as Dean for the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 16, 2020 – High Point University has named Dr. Earle “Buddy” Lingle as dean for the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy, the Piedmont Triad’s only pharmacy school.

Lingle joined the HPU family in fall 2014 as professor and associate dean for student and professional affairs, and was appointed interim dean in 2019. Lingle has taught HPU pharmacy students in the area of social and administrative sciences. He has also helped coordinate the admissions process and student services activities for the school.

“Dr. Lingle has a distinguished career in pharmacy education and was the natural choice to serve as dean,” says Dr. Daniel Erb, senior vice president for academic affairs. “Dr. Lingle is known and respected by our pharmacy students and faculty and has already made significant contributions to our pharmacy program. His leadership will ensure that our high quality pharmacy program will continue to enroll and educate highly qualified pharmacy students.”

In August 2016, HPU welcomed its first pharmacy cohort of 60 students at the inaugural White Coat Ceremony. Lingle helped graduate the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy’s first class in the spring 2020 during the global pandemic. The School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2020 came to HPU from 12 different states and are now practicing in various pharmacy settings and post-graduate residencies.

“I am honored that HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein and Dr. Daniel Erb have the confidence in me to appoint me as the dean to lead the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy,” says Lingle. “We have an extraordinary group of faculty and staff at the school of pharmacy who are dedicated to providing the best possible education and experiences so that our student pharmacists will graduate and serve their communities and profession with passion and distinction.”

Lingle’s 35-year career in higher education includes, being a tenured associate professor at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) College of Pharmacy, as well as professor and associate chair at the South University School of Pharmacy in Columbia, South Carolina. While at the University of South Carolina, Lingle was honored as the College of Pharmacy’s Teacher of the Year. He also was recognized with the Mortar Board’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and was honored by the Office of Student Affairs as the Professor Making Significant Contributions to Student Development.

Lingle has lectured on various topics including health policy, pharmacy law, bioethics, pharmacoeconomics, as well as pharmacy financial and personnel management. He has served as a consultant on health care issues to state legislators and legislative committees, as well as government and private agencies, including the Governor’s South Carolina Pharmacist Workforce Study Group, the Governor’s Task Force on Health Care, the Department of Mental Health’s Services Task Force and the South Carolina Pharmacist Workforce Study Committee. 

He has also served as a consultant to a number of pharmaceutical companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Lilly, Merck, Pfizer and Sandoz. Lingle has given approximately 150 presentations at research and professional meetings, published numerous research papers and book chapters, and has generated over $1.8 million in grant funding. He is licensed to practice pharmacy in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Lingle received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working with a health care consulting firm in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, he returned to graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin earning his Ph.D. in pharmacy administration with a specialization in public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

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