UNC Pharmacy Photo Journey: 2013-2022

The final entry in our series looks at the last decade in the School’s 125-year history

Story by Ryan McDaniel| Published December 19, 2022

Class of 2013

Photo composite of the class of 2013. Historical context: Lance Armstrong admitted in 2013 that he used performance enhancing drugs in all seven of his Tour de France wins. He was stripped of his Tour de France titles and one Olympic medal.

Expansion to Marsico Hall

In 2014, the Eshelman School of Pharmacy expanded again, this time into Marsico Hall across the street from the Genetic Medicine Building. With this expansion, the School's total square footage is approximately 431,000.

Class of 2014

Photo composite of the class of 2014. Historical context: Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her advocacy for education rights for women and children in her homeland of Swat, Pakistan. She is the youngest recipient of the prize, at only 17 years old when she was awarded.

Global Pharmacy Scholars Program

In 2014 the School established the Global Pharmacy Scholars (GPS) Program to help prepare students to be leaders in addressing global health care needs and problems. GPS sends students on rotations in countries around the world, giving them life-changing experiences that open their minds to new ways of thinking.

The Eshelman Institute for Innovation

With a record-setting donation of $100 million from Fred Eshelman, BSPhar '72, the Eshelman Institute for Innovation was established in 2014. The Eshelman Institute funds and develops bold ideas with the aim of translating them into real-world impact for patients.

Class of 2015

Photo composite of the class of 2015. Historical context: In July of 2015, the musical Hamilton premiered on Broadway at the Richard Rogers Theatre. The show has gone on to become a cultural sensation, winning 11 Tony Awards, touring the world in multiple productions, and still running on Broadway and on London's West End.

Formation of PharmAlliance

In 2015, UNC collaborated with University College London and Monash University in Australia to form PharmAlliance, a community platform for working together on big ideas and solutions that will improve human health around the world.

Class of 2016

Photo composite of the class of 2016. Historical context: In 2016, the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union. Termed "Brexit" for "British Exit", leaving the EU proved a difficult task to execute in the proceeding years. The UK is the only member state to have exited the EU since its formation in 1993.

Number One Status

In 2016, US News & World Report ranked the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy the #1 school of pharmacy in the United States. This recognition further raised the profile of the School on the national scene.

Class of 2017

Photo composite of the class of 2017. The UNC Men's Basketball Team won their sixth NCAA Championship title, beating Gonzaga 71-65.

Dhiren Thakker Serves as Interim Dean

In 2017, Dean Blouin was called upon to serve as Associate Vice Chancellor and Provost for the University. To fill the role of dean, Dr. Dhiren Thakker came out of retirement and served as Interim Dean for two years.

Class of 2018

Photo composite of the class of 2018. Historical context: a sobering report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2018 said we may have as few as 12 years act or pass the point of no return.

Class of 2019

Photo composite of the class of 2019. Historical context: in April of 2019, a fire broke out in the attic of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. The blaze destroyed the buildings iconic spire, most of its roof, and burned or damaged religious relics and artwork. Due to the damage, the cathedral did not host Christmas Mass in 2019 - for the first time in over 200 years.

Angela Kashuba Becomes Dean

In October, 2019, Dr. Angela Kashuba officially began her tenure as the tenth Dean of the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, becoming the first woman to hold the post.

Class of 2020

Photo composite of the class of 2020. Historical context: in March of 2020, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. With lock-down measures put in place, the School had to pivot quickly from in-person instruction to fully online instruction. Thanks to existing infrastructure, the School was able to make such changes relatively easily.

The School Maintains its Number One Status

In 2020, the Eshelman School of Pharmacy was, once again, named the number one school of pharmacy in the nation by US News & World Report.

Class of 2021

Photo composite of the class of 2021. Historical context: after former president Donald Trump falsely claimed election fraud cost him a second term, hundreds of his supporters protested at the US Capitol Building. The protesting turned violent, resulting in five deaths, over 100 injuries, and an ongoing investigation into the circumstances around the riots.

Class of 2022

Photo composite of the class of 2022. Historical context: Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2022 after Russia invaded his country. He has become the face and voice of the Ukrainian people struggling against the invading forces.

A Historic Campaign for Carolina

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy kicked off UNC's Campaign for Carolina when it began in 2017. As of November, 2022, the School has exceeded $200 million in support - the most of any public school of pharmacy in the nation. This historic milestone could not have been reached without your generous support. Thank you.

Celebrating 125 Years of Excellence

In 2022, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy celebrates 125 years of excellence as the nation’s top-ranked school of pharmacy by and for the people of North Carolina. Thank you for viewing this collection of photos from 2013-2022. This is the final entry in a series reviewing the history of the School - view the entire series by clicking here. For even more content on the School's history, present, and future, follow us on Facebook (@carolinapharmacystories), Instagram (@carolina pharmacy stories), and Twitter (@carolinarxstory).