Oluwaranti Akiyode Named Dean of the Howard University College of Pharmacy

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.

Related Articles


  1. Here’s another glaring example of Howard University being morphed into a permanent employment agency for African and Caribbean immigrants. Unfortunately have a long history of treating native born Black Americans like third class citizens especially in the School of Law, Pharmacy School, Medical School, and Dental school. For those boule card carrying persons who dissent to my comments need to recognize that Howard University (and the other 104 HBCUs) were created for native born Black Americans. Anything less is UNACCEPTABLE.

    • You have a point, but about 90% of African-American voters continue their support for a national political party that imports millions of immigrants each and every year. The supply of foreign-born talent is so enormous, it is constricting opportunities for native-born Americans. Immigration policies should be changed, but that is not likely to happen under the current regime.

  2. I am shaking my head at the logic and thinly veiled attempts to divide us and thwart any movement to unite the diaspora. We used to say “Mother Africa”. I guess you would prefer “Mother America”!

    • Spare me with the emotive rant and the African Diasporic “coming together” narrative. Your entire misguided comment is indicative of a chronologically old fogey who’s in complete denial of reality at Howard University and many other HBCUs. You have the Chutzpah to paint this picture of the continent of Africa embracing this collective actions and works which is far from the truth on numerous levels. Case in point, in all of sub-Saharan Africa it’s mired in political corruption, ethnic and tribal wars, and the lack of basic infrastructure that’s akin to the late 19th century.

      Let me ask you, how many African languages do you speak and what country do you reside? If you say the USA, you’re a higher education hypocrite of the highest order. If the continent of Africa is thriving economically, politically, educationally, then why are you here? Further, when African and Caribbean immigrants come to the USA they don’t come to seriously partner with native born Black Americans in all areas. In fact, many of these miseducated Africans and Caribbean’s literally have the same worldview about native born Black Americans as racist White Americans.

      That said, my suggestion to you Davis is to immediately purchase you a one way ticket back to “Mother Africa”.

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Fayetteville State University Establishes Transfer Agreement with Wake Technical Community College

The new partnership will provide qualified students from Wake Technical Community College with guaranteed admission to Fayetteville State University upon completion of their associate's degree.

Three Black Scholars Taking On New Faculty Positions

The faculty appointments are James Haywood Rolling Jr. at Syracuse University in New York, Elias Towe at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and Roderic Pettigrew at Texas A&M University.

Howard University Receives Record-Breaking 36,000 Applicants for Class of 2028

The class of 2028 applicant pool at Howard University increased by 4,000 applications compared to last year's class of 2027. This year, the university's acceptance rate was roughly 31 percent, down five percentage points from last year.

Laquala Dixon Honored by National Association of Student Personnel Administrators for Service as HBCU Liaison

A member of the NASPA since 2013, Dr. Dixon was honored with the 2024 Sankofa Award for her commitment and contributions to the organization as the HBCU liaison for the Black Diaspora Knowledge Community.

Featured Jobs