Bruce Canaday Named New Dean of the School of Pharmacy

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St. Louis College of Pharmacy has selected Bruce Canaday, Pharm.D., to serve as the 15th dean of the School of Pharmacy in the College’s 150 year history, effective August 1, 2014. This announcement comes just one week after the official groundbreaking of the College’s new $50 million, 213,000-square-foot academic and research building and library. He will succeed Kimberly Kilgore, who, in addition to her role as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, has served as interim dean of the School of Pharmacy since 2013.

Since 2010, Canaday served as professor and chair of the department of pharmacy practice and pharmacy administration at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy of the University of the Sciences. He received his B.S. from Purdue University and his Pharm.D. from the University of Tennessee.

“We were looking for a national leader in pharmacy to help us take the bold steps necessary to achieve our vision of being globally prominent in pharmacy and health care education, interprofessional patient-centered care, and collaborative research, and we have found that in Dr. Canaday,” said College President John A. Pieper. “Dr. Canaday has served as president and chairman of the board for the two largest pharmacy organizations in the country, the American Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. We are excited that we have recruited such a preeminent leader in pharmacy and healthcare education to join St. Louis College of Pharmacy.”

Currently a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Canaday served on the ASHP board of directors from 1994-2000, and was elected to serve as ASHP president and chairman of the board in 1998-1999. Also a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), he was elected to serve on the APhA board of trustees from 2002-2008 and as president and chairman of the board in 2006-2007.

In 2010, he was appointed by the APhA board to serve a six-year term on the board of directors of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). He was just elected to serve as vice-president of the board.

“I am excited about the forward-thinking vision of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and the opportunity to join this historic institution,” said Canady. “In addition to an innovative curriculum and unique location within one of the world’s preeminent medical and healthcare complexes, the College is in the midst of a construction phase that will provide the facilities needed to continue to offer the best pharmacy education to their students.”

Prior to joining the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy faculty, Canaday was clinical professor and vice-chair in the division of pharmacy practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as director of the department of pharmacotherapy at the Southeast Area Health Education Center in Wilmington, N.C., where he spent 35 years as a clinician, educator, consultant and preceptor for students and residents.

“I’d like to thank the search committee, led by Dean Kilgore, for their hard work throughout the search process and for identifying such talented candidates,” said President Pieper. “This is a very exciting time in the College’s history.”

Canaday will assume duties as dean August 1, and welcome the Class of 2021 this fall as the inaugural class under the College’s new curriculum. Throughout 2014, the College is celebrating its sesquicentennial. From the last to the next 150 years of educating future pharmacy innovators, the College’s students, faculty, and graduates are continuing to strengthen the profession of pharmacy and redefine health care locally, nationally, and worldwide.

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