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R. Pete Vanderveen Receives 2013 APhA-ASP Outstanding Dean Award

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Vanderveen was selected in recognition of his contributions to the profession and to University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy have paving the way for novel opportunities for both prospective and current students to experience opportunities beyond the classroom.

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) today announced R. Pete Vanderveen, PhD, BSPharm, FASHP, FAPhA, of Los Angeles, CA, as the 2013 recipient of the APhA-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Outstanding Dean Award. Vanderveen was selected in recognition of his contributions to the profession and to University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy have paving the way for novel opportunities for both prospective and current students to experience opportunities beyond the classroom.

Established in 2004, the APhA-ASP Outstanding Dean Award recognizes the Dean of a school or college of pharmacy who has made significant contributions to the APhA-ASP Chapter and promoted the welfare of student pharmacists through various community service, leadership and professional activities. Vanderveen will be officially recognized during the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Los Angeles, March 1-4, 2013. The APhA awards and honors program is the most comprehensive recognition program in the profession of pharmacy.

Vanderveen was named dean of the USC School of Pharmacy and holder of the university’s John Stauffer Dean’s Chair in Pharmaceutical Sciences in fall 2005. Since his arrival at USC, Dr. Vanderveen has been instrumental in expanding the school’s work in providing care to underserved communities in the Los Angeles area. The School’s innovative practice model, where faculty and students serve patients in safety-net clinics, has been pioneering, and produced stellar results – improving health outcomes while saving health-care dollars. Prior to joining USC, Vanderveen was dean of the Mylan School of Pharmacy at Duquesne University. Before Duquesne, he was assistant dean for pharmacy practice at Oregon State University. He also has practiced pharmacy in diverse settings.

A student pharmacist nominated Vanderveen stating, “Dean Vanderveen’s exceptional support, dedication, and advocacy for our APhA-ASP Chapter has proven invaluable to the student pharmacists. He is a trendsetter in the profession, opening doors for underrepresented minorities to enter into the profession. Dean Vanderveen launched the Diversity Initiative at USC as a proactive effort to increase diversity among the student population. This initiative shows the Dean’s genuine desire to advocate for the minority population in Los Angeles by spreading awareness amongst the Latino and African-American about the profession of pharmacy. This Initiative inspired the establishment of the Student National Pharmacists Association (SNPhA) chapter at our school. This new organization provides our APhA-ASP chapter with additional resources and people-power, helping us expand our clinical and educational services to the community.”

In 2011, Vanderveen received the California Pharmacists Association’s Bowl of Hygeia Award in recognition of his contributions to the community. Among other honors, he received the Michigan Society of Hospital Pharmacists’ Pharmacist of the Year award, the Oregon Health Sciences School of Medicine’s Outstanding Teacher award, and the Purdue School of Pharmacy’s Distinguished Alumnus designation and Glen Sperandio Award. He is a fellow of both the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Pharmacists Association. Vanderveen earned his BSPharm and Master’s in clinical pharmacy from Purdue University. He earned his PhD in university administration from Michigan State University.

A colleague noted, “Dean Vanderveen supports students with good ideas and substantial financial resources, making it possible for them to attend state and national meetings, develop outreach projects that are both typical and very creative in nature, and celebrate their achievements with appropriate events. He is open to student ideas, guiding them toward inspiring speakers at events, connecting them with the right contacts to elected officials, and helping to develop ambitious programs abroad that aim to introduce and provide clinical pharmacy services in new venues.”

About the American Pharmacists Association
The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States. www.pharmacist.com

About APhA-ASP
The APhA-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is the student pharmacist section of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), representing student pharmacists at all Colleges and Schools of pharmacy the United States and Puerto Rico. It is the largest student pharmacy organization nationwide. The mission of APhA-ASP is to be the collective voice of student pharmacists, to provide opportunities for professional growth, and to envision and actively promote the future of pharmacy. www.pharmacist.com/apha-asp

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