Office of the Dean Biographies

Miriam Mobley Smith, Pharm.D., FASHP, is Dean and Professor at the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). She is currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE), Chair for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Professional Affairs Committee, a member of the Illinois State Board of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Workforce Center, Inc. Technical Advisory Panel, and Professional Examination Service (PES) Board of Directors. Dr. Mobley Smith was a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans, Chair of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Council on Education and Workforce Development, a 2006 Academic Leadership Fellow with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, a 2005 Primary Healthcare Policy Fellow with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and member of the JACHO Health Care Professional Education Roundtable and Illinois Drug Policy Coalition. She has chaired the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination Standards Setting Committee, the 2005 National Practice Analysis, and was Past-President of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Certification Council. Dr. Mobley Smith also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Allied Health, Nursing and Human Services Department at South Suburban College (SSC), South Holland, Ill., and a member of a curriculum advisory board as well as the "Tech Prep Medical Professional" advisory committee. She has received numerous professional and civic awards including the 2013 Illinois Pharmacists Association “Pharmacist of the Year”, 2013 Fellow designation from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2012 National Pharmaceutical Association’s Chauncey I. Cooper Award in recognition of sustained and distinguished professional service, 2011 AgeOptions Volunteer Service Award, 2006 Illinois Area Agencies on Aging Sid Granet Aging Network Achievement Award, 2005 Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists “Pharmacist of the Year”, featured in the 2005 Aetna Profiles of African American Pharmacists (African American History Calendar) for her impact in older adult communities, and the 2004 National Pharmaceutical Association’s James N. Tyson Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in contributions to the profession of pharmacy.

Dr. Mobley Smith received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Michigan and Pharm.D. from the University of Illinois. Her research and program grants are focused on preventive health-related issues affecting older adults, including an Illinois Department on Aging, Title III-D program entitled "Medication Monitoring and Safety in Older Adults: A Community-Based Education Program", the “Senior Medication Education and Review Program” for the Woodlawn Community Development Corporation and Chicago Housing Authority, and Chicago Department on Aging Wellness Program (in collaboration with Area Agencies on Aging). She has delivered over 100 invited local, regional and national presentations and published in areas relative to her areas of focus.



Founding Dean and Dean Emeritus

David J. Slatkin, Ph.D. R.Ph. is Founding Dean and Dean Emeritus of the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP).  He provided the leadership in establishing his third college of pharmacy.  Previously, he served as Founding Dean and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Midwestern University College of Pharmacy - Glendale.  He served in that capacity since the college's founding in 1998.  Dr. Slatkin originally joined Midwestern University (MWU) in 1991 as Founding Dean of the Chicago College of Pharmacy.  Prior to joining MWU, he served as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Director of Graduate Programs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

Born in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Scarsdale High School, Dr. Slatkin holds Bachelors Degrees from Wayne State University, Detroit (1966 in Chemistry) and Mercer University's Southern School of Pharmacy, Atlanta (1968) and the M.S. (1971) and Ph.D. (1972) degrees from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.  From 1972 to 1973, he taught at the Northeast Louisiana University School of Pharmacy.  From 1973 until 1991, he served on the Faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. He was the recipient of the Merck Award from Mercer University and was an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education - Edwin Leigh Newcomb Memorial Fellow at the University of Mississippi.

His research interests encompassed several areas within Pharmacognosy. He has authored over eighty scientific publications, served as a reviewer for the Journal of Natural Products and Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and has been the major advisor for twelve graduate students.  He is a member of Rho Chi Honorary Society and Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity.  He has been very active in many professional and scientific organizations, including serving as Treasurer of the American Society of Pharmacognosy since 1981. In 1999, Dr. Slatkin was selected by American Pharmacist magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Pharmacists in the US.



Ms. Yolanda Solarte is the Office Administrator to the Dean at Chicago State University (CSU-COP).  Ms. Solarte also serves as the central person to the Departments of Pharmacy Academic Affairs and the Office of Pharmacy Development Affairs.   She provides administrative support for the departments.   Ms. Solarte has served the College in this position since March 2007.  Prior to this position, Ms. Solarte served as Administrative Secretary in the Office of the President for 17 years.  Ms. Solarte comes to us with educational and corporate work experience.