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St. Louis College of Pharmacy names John Pieper president

St. Louis College of Pharmacy
September 9, 2010
Bret Kimes, chairman of the Board of Trustees at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, announced Wednesday that Dr. John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, current professor and dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of New Mexico (UNM), will become STLCOP’s next president.

Pieper’s selection comes following an extensive national search which considered more than 43 nominated candidates. He will succeed Thomas F. Patton, Ph.D., who has led the College since 1994. In February 2009, Patton announced his decision to step down June 30, 2010 – ending one of the longest tenures among local college and university presidents.
Pieper, 57, takes office Aug. 1.

“As a board, we are confident that Dr. Pieper is the right person to lead St. Louis College of Pharmacy into a bright future. With his knowledge of higher education and the profession of pharmacy, the College is poised to move forward from a position of strength as one of the nation’s top pharmacy institutions,” Kimes said. “During the search process, Dr. Pieper demonstrated that he possesses the vision and passion to advance the College’s reputation for educating outstanding pharmacists who impact health care in our region and nation. The board is looking forward to our new president’s energy, new ideas, and initiatives that will further enhance the College’s stellar reputation.”

Pieper has a higher education and pharmacy background. Along with serving as professor and dean, he is a senior fellow at UNM’s Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy and adjunct professor, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico. He is the former vice president for research at the UNM Health Sciences Center.

Prior to joining UNM in 2002, Pieper served as professor and chairman of the division of pharmacotherapy at the School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and associate dean for clinical programs and founding chair of the department of pharmacy practice at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Colorado. He has also held faculty positions in pharmacy at the University of Tennessee and University of Florida.

Pieper is a past president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), a fellow of ACCP and was a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist with added qualifications in cardiology. In 2006, he received the Outstanding Dean Award from the American Pharmacists Association’s (APhA) Academy of Student Pharmacists.

In 2008, he was elected speaker of the house of delegates of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and served as a member of the pharmacy education advisory committee for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. He has just finished a four-year term on the American Society of Health System Pharmacists’ commission on credentialing, which accredits first- and second-year pharmacy residency programs in the United States. In March 2010, he was named a fellow of the APhA’s Academy of Pharmacy Research and Science.
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