Victor A. Yanchick served as Dean and Professor of the School of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University since July 1, 1996 and retired July 1, 2014. Prior to his appointment at Virginia Commonwealth University he served for eleven years as Dean and Professor of Pharmacy at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy. He began his academic career at the University of Texas at Austin as an assistant professor in the department of pharmaceutics and rose through the ranks to full professor and held several administrative positions at Texas including Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Executive Associate Dean.
Yanchick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy and a Master of Science degree in Hospital Pharmacy from The University of Iowa. He received his PhD from Purdue University in 1968. He initiated the clinical program at the University of Texas at Austin and was responsible for developing the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at UT San Antonio and UT Austin.
Yanchick was named Distinguished Alumnus both from Purdue University School of Pharmacy and from the College of Pharmacy at The University of Iowa. In 2001 he was elected to the National Academies of Practice and holds membership in a number of national professional organizations. He has received the Parenteral Drug Association Research Award twice.
Yanchick has a longstanding involvement with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). He was appointed as a member of the AACP’s Commission to Implement Change in Pharmacy Education and served three separate terms on the AACP Board of Directors. In 2005 he was elected Chair of the Council of Deans and in July 2008 was inducted as President. Yanchick has been a leader locally and nationally in promoting geriatrics and interprofessional education. As of November 1, 2014, Yanchick was named as the Senior Executive Director of the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at Virginia Commonwealth University.