2017 Administrative Services

AACP Article






Rebecca H. Brierley

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 
University at Buffalo

Rebecca H. Brierley, M.Ed., began her career in academia at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as the assistant to the associate dean of clinical education and research, overseeing external partnership development and creation of student and clinical partnership agreements. Later, she became the director of the office of external affairs and then assistant dean.

In this role, she oversees all school-based communications, marketing, and alumni relations activities. She was also direct liaison for a $70M+ new school building project and move of the school within campus.

She served as AACP Administrative Section’s inaugural secretary and was instrumental in national engagement of communications personnel and attempted to create an AACP communications based Special Interest Group. Ms. Brierley has presented for the AACP Administrative Section and has been an invited speaker for the Administrative and Financial Officers SIG. She is also a member of the AFO and Student Services SIGS.

Other service to AACP includes research abstract reviewer, past chair and member Administrative Services Section’s Communications Committee and Program Planning Committee. She is also a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Ms. Brierley has an M.Ed. in education leadership and policy from the University at Buffalo. She is a member of the UB SPPS Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee and is a UB communications officer and alumni officer. She has participates in various university senior leader search committees and campus based committees, and is also a member of the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society.





Rebecca Ceraul

School of Pharmacy 
University of Maryland

Rebecca Ceraul, B.A., assistant dean for communications and marketing at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, is a public relations professional with 20 years of experience in strategic communications, marketing, media relations, publications, web site development, internal communications, and event planning. At the School of Pharmacy, she leads a multifaceted team that supports the school’s student recruitment, business development, reputation enhancement, and audience engagement efforts. She came to the School of Pharmacy in 2008 after serving for three years as assistant director of media relations at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she managed local, national, and international media relations for the school’s basic science departments and its Department of Pediatrics. She was previously a public relations specialist at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Va.

Ms. Ceraul is a strategic planner, an executive advisor to senior leaders, a pragmatic and sound decision-maker, and an accomplished writer and editor.

She has been a member of AACP since 2013 and currently is secretary of the Administrative Services Section and chair of its communications subcommittee.


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Krystal L. McCutchen

College of Pharmacy 
University of New Mexico

Krystal L. McCutchen, M.A., interim executive director of student affairs at the University of New Mexico, has held various leadership positions within the University of New Mexico (UNM) community. Ms. McCutchen joined the college of pharmacy in 2004 and since that time has steadily increased her role within the college of pharmacy. She has served more than eight years on the UNM Provost Committee for Advising, co-chairing the advising institute committee for three years. She assisted in creating a bi-annual advising retreat for all UNM advisors and still actively serves on the committee and as the moderator for these events. She has served as an advisor for various student organizations. In this role, Ms. McCutchen has mentored students in leadership as well as helping student leaders implement programs and activities. She acts as a “sounding board” for student leaders and organizations in various ways. Ms. McCutchen also works to resolve conflicts and provide institutional information to students. She has been a member of AACP for over 10 years, attending the annual meeting each year, presenting at several of the admissions workshops and presenting posters in several years.

Ms. McCutchen handles communication between various constituents within the University and the College. She is responsible for providing students with pertinent information from various sources as well as relaying communication to administration from various groups. She understands the importance of communication as a tool to help the section to continue to grow.