Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy

Leadership Team


Dr. Peter Gal

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Gal comes to HPU with 35 years of experience in academics and clinical pharmacy. He has worked closely with a spectrum of health professionals, most recently at Cone Health. He has also served as the Director of Graduate Pharmacy Education at the Greensboro Area Health Education Center and has served as a faculty member for the School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His clinical expertise is in caring for critically ill newborns. He was the first pharmacist to create a full-service practice for this specialty in the U.S. He created and directed the Neonatal Pharmacotherapy Research Laboratory at Women’s Hospital in Greensboro, N.C., to provide highly specialized and individualized drug therapy for newborns. In 1992, he started the first Neonatal Pharmacotherapy Fellowship in North America, with the purpose of training pharmacists as clinicians and researchers in neonatal intensive care.

In addition to neonatal intensive care, Gal also has expertise in asthma care. He developed an asthma clinic in Rockingham County, N.C., and taught in clinics for asthma, epilepsy and family practice at Moses Cone Hospital.

A licensed pharmacist in North Carolina, Gal earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at St. John’s University in New York in 1975 and a Doctor of Pharmacy from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1977. He has received numerous research grants and has served on many committees at the hospital, university, state and national levels.

Gal is a reviewer for various medical and pharmacy journals and serves on the editorial board for two pharmacy journals. He has authored 31 textbook chapters and published 155 articles in medical or pharmacy publications. His recent awards include Fellow of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group as well as Distinguished Practitioner from National Academies of Practice in 2011; Richard A. Helms Award for Excellence in Pediatric Pharmacy Practice from Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group in 2008; the 14th Howard Q. Ferguson Award from the UNC School of Pharmacy for excellence in research in 2006; and the PharmD Class Teacher of the Year Award at the UNC School of Pharmacy in 1992. In 1990, Gal received the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Clinical Practice Award.


Dr. Joy Greene

Assistant Dean for Experiential Education

Dr. Greene will build partnerships with local and state pharmacies as HPU seeks to educate Doctor of Pharmacy candidates through hands-on learning experiences. She also will teach courses and facilitate laboratory experiences in the new School of Pharmacy.

“I will help students find pharmacy rotations that best suit their needs as a student,” says Greene. “I will also help them set personal and professional goals. I want to be a positive influence in their lives as they seek out their calling.”

Greene will be recruiting and networking with hundreds of practicing pharmacists across the state.

“I hope to build a phenomenal team of pharmacy preceptors who will mentor, teach and train our students,” she says.

Originally from Albemarle, Greene received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has experience opening and managing pharmacies in Cabarrus County and Stanly County. Before joining HPU, Greene taught at Wingate University, where she received the Spirit of Wingate award in 2007, and at Union University in Tennessee.

Earle-LingleDr. Earle “Buddy” Lingle

Associate Dean for Student and Professional Affairs

Lingle will teach HPU pharmacy students about social and administrative sciences as well as coordinate the admissions process and student services activities for the school.

“I am excited to be at such a dynamic university and to be involved in helping build a pharmacy program that will provide a unique pharmacy education,” says Lingle. “We want to provide HPU students with a holistic education in the School of Pharmacy through not only the curriculum but also by giving them the opportunity to participate in professional organizations, network within the pharmacy profession, and serve others in the Triad community.”

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. Dr. Lingle has served as a consultant on various health care issues to South Carolina state
legislators and legislative committees, agencies and governors as well as several pharmaceutical companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Lilly, MedImmune, Merck, Pfizer and Sandoz.

Scott-HembyDr. Scott Hemby

Chair of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Hemby is already having a profound impact on the HPU health science curriculum, leading the creation and development of the Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy. In his new position, Hemby oversees the recruiting and developing of faculty and staff, assigns teaching responsibilities and outlines the development and delivery of instruction for the department. He also coordinates educational and scholarship opportunities across departments and with external public and private institutions and agencies.

Hemby comes to HPU with a wealth of experience in the field of physiology and pharmacology, having taught at Emory University School of Medicine and Wake Forest School of Medicine as well as serving as a health research scientist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A prolific academic, Hemby has published more than 55 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 10 book chapters and served on more than 45 grant review committees for NIH and private foundations. He has also received research funding from numerous organizations including the National Institutes of Health, the Stanley Medical Research Foundation, the Brain Research Foundation, and the National Alliance for Autism Research. Currently, he serves on 10 editorial boards, including as section editor on proteomics for BMC Genomics.
Hemby looks forward to providing students with an understanding and appreciation of applied biomedical science education – something he believes is an integral part of the holistic educational experience at HPU.

“I am excited and humbled to have the opportunity to be a part of such a talented and dynamic leadership team tasked with developing the School of Pharmacy at HPU,” says Hemby. “From my initial interactions with Dr. Ragan, I have been impressed with his energy, focus, determination and commitment to develop a School of Pharmacy offering a unique blend of basic and clinical science education, research and experiential learning.”

Hemby received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Barton College, a Master of Arts in psychobiology from Emory University, and a doctorate in physiology and pharmacology from Wake Forest School of Medicine. Additionally, Hemby completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania.


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