Oluwaranti “Ranti” Akiyode was named dean of the College of Pharmacy at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Akiyode has been serving as the interim dean of the College of Pharmacy since July 2022. She has taught at Howard University for 21 years.
“Dr. Akiyode is an accomplished scholar, an academic leader with a proven track record, and an individual with the skills to drive the strategic vision of the college forward,” said Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University.
“I am very excited. Howard is a very special place to me and I pledge to work hard to serve the students, along with faculty and staff, to build on the legacy of Chauncey Ira Cooper, the first dean of the College of Pharmacy,” Dr. Akiyode said.
Dr. Akiyode is a full professor in the department of clinical and administrative pharmacy sciences. She has extensive administrative experience and a long record of advancing diabetes treatment, education, and research. She was the founding pharmacist at the Howard University Hospital Diabetes Treatment Center in 2007.
Dr. Akiyode earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Jackson State University in Mississippi. She holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences and a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.