Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences



Dean of Arts and Sciences

As dean of arts and sciences, Judd Case provides leadership for the Colleges of Arts and Humanities, the College of Education and Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.

Dr. Case brings a range of administrative experience to the role. He previously served as chair of the Department of Communication Studies and has chaired the Undergraduate Promotion and Tenure Committee. He also served on the Values, Ideas and the Arts Committee, the Independent Colleges of Indiana Leadership Council, the Institutional Vitality Initiative Academic Programs Task Force, and the Governance Restructuring Committee.

Judd joined the Manchester faculty in 2007. He earned his B.A. in communication and his M.A. in mass communication from Brigham Young University. He earned his Ph.D. in communication studies with an emphasis in media studies from the University of Iowa. His dissertation, an archival exploration of logistical media, was chaired by Dr. John Durham Peters, now of Yale University. Judd’s scholarship includes archival work in media history and theoretical interpretations of pop culture artifacts. He has presented to the International Communication Association, National Communication Association, and Popular Culture Association. He has taught courses in media literacy, digital storytelling, communication theory, professional communication, and human communication. He has been instrumental in developing Manchester’s digital media arts program and is the founder of Spartan Stream, the student-run streaming and podcasting service.

When Judd isn’t discussing media with students and colleagues, he is playing in a chess tournament or rehearsing with Manchester’s rock band, The Otho Winger Experience. Judd is married to Joanne Case and is the father of Gabriel Case.


Dean of Health Professions

An entrepreneurial leader known for her vision, innovative academic programming and partnership building, Lea Johnson has over 20 years of experience in higher education. Dean Johnson joined Manchester in 2018 as vice president for health science initiatives and was charged with spearheading the development of several new health care programs for the University.  In 2021 she was also named dean of health professions.

Lea earned her EdD in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007.  She received her MSN from the MGH Institute of Health Professions and her MS in public relations from Boston University’s School of Public Communication.  She also holds a graduate degree in psychology from Western Illinois University and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Lewis University.

A former president of Maria College, Lea stepped down in 2016 after completing a successful tenure that included two charter changes and the addition of four new undergraduate degree programs. She also served as interim president of Laboure College during their presidential search, bringing stability to the institution during a time of rapid change.
Dr. Johnson's experience in higher education includes serving as dean of the School of Business at American International College, where she led the development and launch of a global MBA.  She also spent 10 years at Northeastern University in Boston, where she orchestrated the development of online programs in nutrition, regulatory affairs and a transitional DPT --  graduate programs that quickly became signature programs for her division. Apart from her academic career, she has held leadership positions in publishing, advertising, marketing and public relations, and served as a vice president at Hill and Knowlton, International. 

Lea is married to Dr. Walter Johnson, professor of physics at Suffolk University. They have two grown children: Erin and Adam.


Dean of Pharmacy and Graduate Life Sciences

Dean W. Thomas “Tommy” Smith first joined Manchester University College of Pharmacy in 2015 as the assistant dean of assessment and accreditation, and was appointed dean of pharmacy programs in 2017. In 2021, he was named dean of pharmacy and graduate life sciences.

Dean Smith is active in a number of professional organizations including the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the American Bar Association (ABA) and the American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL). He currently serves as AACP Administrative Board Representative on the Council of Deans.

A 1994 graduate of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Smith began his pharmacy career as the operations director of Corum Health Services, Inc., a long-term care pharmacy in St. Louis, MO. In 2002, he enrolled in law school at St. Louis University, and graduated in 2005 with a Juris Doctorate degree and certificate in health law from the school’s top-ranked Center for Health Law Studies.  

Smith served on the faculty of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy from 2008 to 2015 where he served as director of the College’s online master’s program pharmaceutical outcomes and policy and director of the co-curriculum. He also taught pharmacy law and addition to other duties. Prior to his service at UF, Smith served on the faculty of the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy from 2005 to 2008.

Among his notable service accomplishments, Smith also has served as chair of AACP’s Health Disparities and Cultural Competence special interest group and completed its Academic Leadership Fellows Program. Smith also has been very active in the Health Law Section of the ABA, serving a 3-year term on its leadership council, and chairing a number of committees. In 2016, he was appointed to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee.

Dean Smith has served as an author, speaker and leader in areas such as pharmacy law, cultural competency, health disparities, bioethics, and disability law.