Published on May 15, 2018 by Sarah Waller  
Howard Hendrickson and Marshall Cates
Howard Hendrickson and Marshall Cates

Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy has announced the appointment of two new department chairs. 

Howard Hendrickson will join the school’s faculty as professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences, effective in July. He comes to Samford from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he has served as a full-time faculty member since 2001. 

Hendrickson earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Arkansas, a Master of Science in bio-analytical chemistry from the University of Kansas and a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Arkansas. 

Marshall Cates has been named chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Cates has taught psychiatric pharmacy at Samford since 1995. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. He received the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Innovations in Teaching Award in 2015. 

Cates has extensive clinical experience in psychiatric pharmacy practice, including inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. His current practice site is Brookwood Baptist Medical Center (inpatient psychiatry), and he also practices one morning per week at the Jefferson County Department of Health’s mental health clinic. 

“I’m delighted that Dr. Hendrickson will be joining our faculty as he brings with him a vast array of research experience,” said Michael Crouch, McWhorter School of Pharmacy dean. “And, I’m thankful for the leadership of Dr. Cates who is stepping into this new role.”

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.