Interim dean appointed at UH Hilo pharmacy college

Miriam A. Mobley Smith will begin her work at the pharmacy college on Feb. 1, 2022. Carolyn Ma, who has served as dean of the college since 2016, is retiring this spring.  

Profile photo of Miriam Mobley Smith against photo of pharmacy college building.
Miriam Mobley Smith and the UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy. (File photos)

By Jordan Hemmerly.

Miriam A. Mobley Smith has been appointed as the interim dean of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. She will begin her work at the pharmacy college on Feb. 1, 2022. Carolyn Ma, who has served as dean of the college since 2016, is retiring this spring.

Mobley Smith earned her doctor of pharmacy with high honors at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she served in numerous faculty positions for more than 13 years. At Chicago State University, she held multiple roles within the pharmacy department, such as associate professor and dean until her retirement in 2015.

After her retirement, she opted to focus on her long-standing work with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as an educational consultant and site reviewer. From 2016-2017, she served as the director of strategic alliances for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

She then served as the interim dean and visiting professor for Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for the 2020-2021 academic year, in a role not unlike the one she will start at UH Hilo next month.

“Dr. Mobley Smith’s extensive administrative and accreditation experience, as well as her enthusiasm for this opportunity and pharmacy education, will be an important part of navigating this pivotal time,” says Kris Roney, UH Hilo vice chancellor for academic affairs.

To learn more about Mobley Smith’s perspectives on pharmacy education, watch the interim dean interviewed during her year at Northeastern:



Established in 2006, the UH Hilo pharmacy college admitted its inaugural class in 2007, and is the only pharmacy college in the Pacific Rim.

The search for a permanent dean for the college is expected to commence in late summer.


By Jordan Hemmerly, who is earning her bachelor’s degree in marine science at UH Hilo.