Concordia University Wisconsin has selected a new pharmacy dean.

This week, Provost William Cario, PhD, shared in an email to faculty, staff, and students that Erik Jorvig, PhD, has been named the next dean of Concordia’s School of Pharmacy, effective January 2021. Jorvig joins Concordia University from Roseman University of Health Sciences (formerly University of Southern Nevada) where, most recently, he served as dean of the school’s Utah campus.

Cario said Jorvig’s experience as a campus dean and his vision for CUW’s School of Pharmacy made him a clear candidate for the job.

“A decade in and Concordia’s School of Pharmacy has built a strong reputation as a place that deeply cares about the well-being of our students as we seek to prepare highly qualified servant leaders in Christ’s name,” Cario said. “Now, we need to carry that mission into the long term. Dr. Jorvig’s credentials, as well as his desire to build upon pharmacy’s excellence in community engagement and outreach, will undoubtedly take us far.”   

Jorvig brings a strong background in accreditation processes and a firm grasp on the oversight of academics. He has served at Roseman since 2004, first as an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences and steadily working his way up in the leadership ranks.

Jorvig said he was attracted to Concordia because of the quality of its pharmacy program.

“The School of Pharmacy’s accreditation records demonstrated high marks in terms of faculty and student engagement, and I could see that familial feel firsthand through the people I had opportunity to talk and meet with myself,” Jorvig said in a phone conversation. “I like to work in a collaborative environment. As a leader, I aim to listen to people and try to understand what their needs are. It seems like at Concordia, that sort of respect and collegiality is embedded into the environment as well.”

The new position also affords Jorvig an opportunity to move closer to family. His parents currently reside in Waukesha and his in-laws live in Minneapolis. He and his wife welcomed their first child in June 2019.  

As dean of pharmacy, Jorvig will ensure the success of CUW’s newest academic school and its 31 faculty. Students who enroll in pharmacy at Concordia can expect to receive a world-class clinical and scientific knowledge base and to experience active applied learning throughout their time at CUW. 

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Jorvig as our next dean of the School of Pharmacy,” said Mike Brown, PharmD, who stepped in to serve as interim dean while the search for Jorvig was underway. “Our faculty, staff, and students are excited to enter this next chapter as we continue our commitment to developing pharmacists as servant leaders, caring for their patients and communities as part of the interprofessional healthcare team.”

Learn more about Concordia’s School of Pharmacy here. 

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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