Chicago State University

Office of the Dean Biographies

Matthew G. Fete PhD is the Dean and a Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy. Dr. Fete received his BS in chemistry from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and earned his PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado Boulder where he taught chemistry courses for nearly 10 years.

Dr. Fete’s early career opportunities included employment as a research scientist at the University of Colorado Boulder where he focused on the synthesis of molecular inhibitors for targeting bacterial resistance mechanisms.  Additionally, he has been employed as a research scientist at Sierra Neuropharmaceuticals Inc., where he re-formulated known antipsychotic drugs for direct administration into a lateral ventricle of the human brain using medical device pumps.  Dr. Fete was also employed as a research chemist at InPhase Technologies where he led projects focused on the synthesis, characterization, and purification of organic materials, monomers, and polymers for the use in holographic storage.

In 2010, Dr. Fete joined Regis University School of Pharmacy where he was a founding faculty member in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.  During his tenure at Regis University, he also served as Interim Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Interim Dean of the School of Pharmacy. 

Dr. Fete’s research interests include the synthesis of molecules to address antimicrobial resistance mechanisms and for targeting gene or drug-loaded lipoplexes to carcinogenic tumors. He has collaborated with colleagues and students to study the prevalence of FDA banned and discouraged use ingredients in over the counter supplements and he is also engaged in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Fete’s effort to include students in scholarly activities has resulted in numerous student-authored presentations and publications culminating with three students earning recognition as prestigious Walmart Scholars by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Dr. Fete is a faculty inductee of Phi Lambda Sigma, the National Pharmacy Leadership Society and an honorary inductee to the National Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu. He is a graduate of the Ignatian Colleagues Leadership program, a program established by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities to develop individuals who are capable of and committed to assuming leadership and who work collaboratively to adapt to the future challenges of higher education.

Nancy C. Grim Hunter, Ph.D. is the Assistant Dean of Assessment at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). Dr. Grim Hunter received her B.S. Chemistry from Ohio University (1993), M.S. Chemistry (Physical Organic and Education) from Miami University of Ohio (1996), and Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction (Science Education) from University of Illinois at Chicago (2007).

Prior to serving in the College of Pharmacy, Dr. Grim was faculty in both the College of Arts & Sciences in the Department of Chemistry and Physics and the College of Education in the Elementary and Middle School Programs, where she holds the rank of Professor and has earned tenure. As the former Associate Dean in the College of Education, Dr. Grim led the Colleges of Education and Arts & Sciences through many accreditation and approval site visits. The Higher Learning Commission and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education cited her work in assessment and accreditation as exemplary models. Dr. Grim has earned numerous teaching awards including the CSU Faculty Excellence Award in Research and in Teaching, the CSU College of Education Distinguished Educator Award, and the National Science Teachers Association Super Key Leader Award.

She has been the principal investor / co-PI on numerous grant projects including the CSU Teacher Quality Enhancement Middle School Project. In addition, the Rev. Dr. Nancy Grim Hunter is an ordained clergy member in the United Methodist Church, Northern Illinois Conference.

Founding Dean and Dean Emeritus

David J. Slatkin, Ph.D. Founding Dean and Dean Emeritus of the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP). He provided the leadership in establishing his third college of pharmacy. Previously, he served as Founding Dean and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Midwestern University College of Pharmacy - Glendale. He served in that capacity since the college's founding in 1998. Dr. Slatkin originally joined Midwestern University (MWU) in 1991 as Founding Dean of the Chicago College of Pharmacy. Prior to joining MWU, he served as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Director of Graduate Programs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

Born in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Scarsdale High School, Dr. Slatkin holds Bachelors Degrees from Wayne State University, Detroit (1966 in Chemistry) and Mercer University's Southern School of Pharmacy, Atlanta (1968) and the M.S. (1971) and Ph.D. (1972) degrees from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. From 1972 to 1973, he taught at the Northeast Louisiana University School of Pharmacy. From 1973 until 1991, he served on the Faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. He was the recipient of the Merck Award from Mercer University and was an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education - Edwin Leigh Newcomb Memorial Fellow at the University of Mississippi.

His research interests encompassed several areas within Pharmacognosy. He has authored over eighty scientific publications, served as a reviewer for the Journal of Natural Products and Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and has been the major advisor for twelve graduate students. He is a member of Rho Chi Honorary Society and Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity. He has been very active in many professional and scientific organizations, including serving as Treasurer of the American Society of Pharmacognosy since 1981. In 1999, Dr. Slatkin was selected by American Pharmacist magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Pharmacists in the US.


Ms. Yolanda Solarte is the Office Administrator to the Dean at Chicago State University (CSU-COP).  Ms. Solarte also serves as the central person to the Departments of Pharmacy Academic Affairs and the Office of Pharmacy Development Affairs.   She provides administrative support for the departments. Ms. Solarte has served the College in this position since March 2007. Prior to this position, Ms. Solarte served as Administrative Secretary in the Office of the President for 17 years.  Ms. Solarte comes to us with educational and corporate work experience.