Dr. Ronald Ragan received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Kansas in 1984 and was licensed to practice pharmacy that same year. He served as the Pharmacist-in-charge and manager of a professional community pharmacy for five years and a staff pharmacist in a health-system pharmacy for two years prior to his return to graduate school to pursue advanced studies. He earned his M.S. (1997) and his Ph.D. (1998) in Pharmacology from the University of Kansas in the laboratory of Drs. Mary L. and Eli Michaelis where his studies were in the broad area of neurobiology. In 1998 he accepted his first academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Non-Traditional PharmD (NTPD) Program at The University of Kansas. During this time he oversaw the design and development and managed the day-to-day operation of the NTPD program.
In 2004 he was promoted to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Pharmacy and was charged with oversight and day-to-day operation of the assessment program and the professional curriculum in addition to his Director duties in the NTPD program. Dr. Ragan has published in various journals on a topics related to neuronal cell death, drug therapy and pharmacy education research.
In 2012 Dr. Ragan accepted the position of Professor and Founding Dean of the School of Pharmacy at High Point University. At High Point he is responsible for the design and development of the new School of Pharmacy, including accreditation of the program and construction of a new Pharmacy Building.
Dr. Ragan is currently a member of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Society for Neuroscience, The American Society of Health System Pharmacists, The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and the American Pharmacists Association. He has served as a delegate in both AACP and APhA.
Dr. Ragan is married to Becky, also a pharmacist and they have two adult sons, Sean and Scott. His service activities include numerous committees at the school, university and community level with a focus on education and health care.