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Brian Alldredge Named Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at UCSF

By Lisa Cisneros

Brian Alldredge, PharmD, associate dean for the UCSF School of Pharmacy for the past 12 years and a member of the faculty for 28 years, has been named Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, effective Nov. 1, 2013. 

Brian Alldredge, PharmD

Alldredge is a clinician-educator-researcher with research and clinical interests in epilepsy, seizure emergencies, pharmacogenomics and pharmacy education. He holds a joint appointment as a professor of clinical pharmacy in the School of Pharmacy and a clinical professor in the Department of Neurology in the School of Medicine. 

In his new role, Alldredge will report directly to Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD, executive vice chancellor and provost (EVCP). He will be part of the EVCP leadership team, overseeing all aspects of faculty and academic affairs, including the Chancellor’s Council on Faculty Life, faculty development and advancement programs and initiatives, and supporting the EVCP and Chancellor in all their strategic and operational goals related to faculty and academics.

“The role of Vice Provost, Academic Affairs, is critical to the well-being and productivity of faculty, and I am pleased that Brian will be taking this on,” Bluestone said. “Brian brings both highly relevant professional experience and a deep personal passion for the issues that arise in faculty affairs.”

During his long career at UCSF, Alldredge has worked collaboratively with colleagues to effect campuswide change in academic infrastructure, campus climate, policy and faculty development 

“I’m incredibly excited to work with an even broader range of my campus colleagues on issues that are important to faculty,” Alldredge said. “I view this role as a critical one to help support the EVCP and Chancellor on their ‘people’ focus  – one of the critical top five priorities. The faculty is a prized campus resource. In my experience, if faculty are engaged and supported, treated fairly and equitably, and given meaningful development and training opportunities, we will continue to push forward on the innovative, globally important work – in patient care, discovery and education – that defines UCSF.”

His duties will include supervising the Office of Academic Affairs and executing all existing administrative, operational and strategic tasks. He also will be responsible for supervising the academic appointment and review process through serving as the Chancellor designate; leading the stewardship review process; reviewing, approving and monitoring all academic searches; overseeing academic policy development and implementation, and addressing faculty misconduct.   

Alldredge and the Office of Academic Affairs will also play a key role in developing and continuing existing programs for faculty welfare, development and growth. These include the faculty leadership development program, the faculty mentoring program, and additional training, development and award programs.

He will work closely with Bluestone and the deans of the four professional schools and the Graduate Division to help develop approaches and ideas to respond to faculty concerns and issues, including those reflected in the Faculty Climate Survey.  

Alldredge has served on numerous committees and task forces related to faculty development and advancement, faculty life, and academic diversity in an exemplary manner. 

He served for three years on the Committee on Academic Personnel (CAP), including one year as chair. Some of his key accomplishments during this time include the rescinding of the ceiling on Clinical X series appointments at UCSF, drafting of critical communications tools for working with new faculty appointees, and offering a CAP commitment to adopt the Career Review process for UCSF (subsequently adopted in 2002).   

Alldredge has collaborated with Daniel Lowenstein, MD, a professor of neurology and director of the Epilepsy Center at UCSF, and others on the Prehospital Treatment of Status Epilepticus trial, which was published as a lead article with commentary in The New England Journal of Medicine. He is also an editor of Applied Therapeutics: The Clinical Use of Drugs – a pharmacotherapy text book used internationally in health professions education, which was recently published in its 10th edition.

Alldredge earned a Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA and his PharmD degree at UCSF. 

Photo by Susan Merrell