President Pieper Elected to International Pharmacy Leadership Position

Published on 15 September 2016

St. Louis College of Pharmacy President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, has been selected as president-elect of the Academic Pharmacy Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). As president-elect, Dr. Pieper will advance the section’s goals including promoting pharmacy education worldwide and contributing to development of teaching methodologies, student and faculty exchange programs, strategic planning and policy development.

Founded in 1912, the FIP is the global body representing pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. Through 139 national organizations, academic institutional members and individual members, FIP represents over three million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists around the world.

“The profession of pharmacy is growing and changing. In addition to being leaders in the community, pharmacists are taking on greater duties as part of the patient-centered, interprofessional health care team,” Dr. Pieper said. “We have an opportunity to prepare pharmacists to positively impact patients in an increasingly interconnected global society.”

Dr. Pieper became the fourth president of St. Louis College of Pharmacy on Aug. 1, 2010. Prior to his appointment at the College, Dr. Pieper served as professor and dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of New Mexico (UNM), with concurrent appointments as vice president for research and deputy executive vice president at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque. Dr. Pieper was also a senior fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy at UNM and was adjunct professor, Facultad de Farmacia, at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Before his appointment at UNM in November 2002, Dr. Pieper served as professor and chairman of the Division of Pharmacotherapy, School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as associate dean for clinical programs and founding chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy, University of Colorado. He has also held faculty positions in the colleges of pharmacy at the University of Tennessee and the University of Florida. Dr. Pieper received a B.A. in molecular biology from the University of Colorado, a B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Wyoming and a Pharm.D. and post-doctoral fellowship training at the School of Pharmacy, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Pieper is the immediate past chair of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) and is a non-specialist pharmacist member of the BPS Board of Directors. He is currently serving as vice president of the Independent Colleges and Universities (ICUM). He is also a past president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, past speaker of the house of delegates of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and was recognized by the American Pharmacists Association as the Outstanding Pharmacy Dean in the United States in 2006. Dr. Pieper is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists Association.

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