Dr. Daniel Acosta, Jr. PhD, Senior Advsisory Consultant

Dr. Daniel Acosta, PhD serves as Senior Advisory Consultant to our firm on health sciences and pharmacy assignments providing insight, national relationships,  and additional vetting of the pool of candidates on behalf of client institution committees.

Dr. Daniel Acosta has over thirty five years of academic medicine leadership experience. He most recently served as the 4th Dean of the University of Cincinnati’s James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy from 1996 to 2011 and continues as Joseph W. Carl Chair of Pharmacy for his many contributions to the College and University.

Prior to the University of Cincinnati (UC), he was a member of The University of Texas College of Pharmacy faculty for 22 years where he helped develop a nationally ranked program in toxicology as the first Director of the Toxicology Training Program. Dr. Acosta was also responsible for encouraging minority students to consider careers in pharmacy and biomedical research through several federal and private grants.

During his tenure as Dean, he provided direction and resources to enhance the research and scholarly activities of the faculty as well as the development of several new MS/PhD degree programs and one of the first national Master programs in drug development. He was the first and only Hispanic Dean at the University of Cincinnati and the only Hispanic Dean of pharmacy among the research-intensive colleges of pharmacy across the country. At UC he established the College’s first Council on Diversity and promoted the recruitment of qualified minority students into pharmacy.

Dr. Acosta is very active in pharmacy organizations, such as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. He has served on the Academic Affairs, Graduate Studies, Nomination, and Faculty Development Committees for AACP; and has served on several ACPE site visit teams responsible for evaluating other schools of pharmacy for accreditation purposes. He was a member of the AACP Task Force on Faculty Workforce. He was nominated as one of two candidates for Chair, Council of Deans at AACP in 2010. In addition, he was the chair of three international panels responsible for reviewing the curriculum of three schools of pharmacy in the United Arab Emirates. He was the past-chair of the Council of Ohio Colleges of Pharmacy, an organization that promotes cooperation among the seven colleges in the education of pharmacy students in the state.

He is active in numerous scientific and professional organizations, serves on several editorial boards of toxicology and in vitro journals, and has been appointed to a number of government and private committees including as Chairman of the FDA Scientific Advisory Board for the National Center for Toxicology Research; Past Chairman and current member of the Texas A&M External Advisory Board of the NIEHS Center for Environmental and Rural Health; past member of the Board of Scientific Advisors for the Office of Research and Development of the Environmental Protection Agency; and past member of the National Advisory Committee to the Director of the Center for Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Acosta has published over 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts; editor of four monographs on toxicology; and author of over 35 chapters in toxicology, pharmacology, and cell culture. Furthermore, he was elected as President of the International Union of Toxicology, a federation of over 50 countries and their professional toxicology organizations.

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