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St. Louis College of Pharmacy Names Three to Board of Trustees

Published on 28 July 2014

The St. Louis College of Pharmacy Board of Trustees voted to approve James Buford, Mazen Darwazah, and Frankie Eichenberger as trustees to serve three-year terms.

James Buford was president and chief executive of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis for 28 years. He retired in 2013. He is active in the community and serves on numerous boards, including the St. Louis Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Saint Louis Science Center, and Partnership for Downtown St. Louis. He holds a B.A. in Human Services Administration from Elizabethtown College. Buford also received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Fontbonne University, Harris Stowe State University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Webster University, and Eden Theological Seminary. He has received numerous awards, including the Citizen of the Year Award from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Lifetime Achiever in Community Service Award from the St. Louis American Foundation.

Mazen Darwazah is executive vice chairman of the board , President &CEO of the Middle East, North Africa and Emerging Markets at Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC. He has held a range of positions within the organization and has played a major role in developing the business and strategy in the MENA region. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the Lebanese American University and an AMP from INSEAD. Darwazah served as a senator in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for two terms, and served as the president of the Jordanian Association of Manufacturers of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Appliances. He is the chairman of the Jordan International Insurance Company, and vice chairman of the Capital Bank of Jordan. Darwazah serves on the board of trustees of Yarmouk  University in Jordan and is a member of the international advisory board of the Lebanese American University in Lebanon. Hikma Pharmaceuticals, founded in 1978 by his father, Samih Darwazah ’64, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of generic and in-licensed pharmaceutical products. In 2013 Hikma reported revenues of $1.37 billion and has 7000 employees.

Frankie Eichenberger is senior vice president and regional manager for U.S. Bank Consumer Banking’s traditional branches in the St. Louis area. She uses her more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry to lead more than 600 branch employees in the region. Eichenberger holds a degree from the University of Missouri and is also a graduate of the University of Virginia Graduate School of Banking. She has served as vice chair of U.S. Bank’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and currently serves on numerous councils and committees for U.S. Bank, including the local advisory board. Eichenberger is also a member of the Chancellor’s Council at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a member of the board of the Urban League, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and a member of the American Heart Association. In May 2012, the St. Louis Community Empowerment Foundation honored Eichenberger with the Corporate Leadership Award at the organization’s annual “Salute to Women in Leadership” event.

Buford, Darwazah, and Eichenberger join the Board led by officers and executive committee members including Chairman Jane Arnold, Senior Vice Chairman Joseph Fleishaker, Ph.D., Vice Chairman Kevan Colgan ’77, Treasurer Richard Anderson, Ph.D., Secretary Todd Evers ’87. Executive Committee At-Large Members are Steve Calloway ’78, Cathy Goetz ’85, and Paul Beahm ’85. 

For 150 years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been education pharmacy practitioners and innovators. Under direction of the Board of Trustees, the College continues to work towards its vision to be globally prominent in pharmacy and health care education, interprofessional patient-centered care, and collaborative research.

About St. Louis College of Pharmacy: For more than 150 years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been committed to educating the best pharmacists in the United States. The region’s only independent college of pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the third oldest continuously operating and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The student body is comprised of 1,400 students, 40 percent of which are minority or multicultural. The students come to the College from 31 states and 10 countries. The College admits students directly from high school and accepts transfer students and graduates from other colleges and universities in the sophomore and junior years of the undergraduate program and the first year of the professional program. Students earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) with an integrated Bachelor of Science degree in a seven-year curriculum. An education at the College opens up the world to graduates for a career in a wide range of practice settings. Graduates have a 100 percent job placement rate. The campus is transforming to better fit the needs of students, faculty, and staff. This summer, a new six-story, 213,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art academic and research building opened. Construction is underway for a seven-story student center, residence hall, and recreation facility scheduled for completion in December 2016. When not in class, students can participate in more than 60 organizations, fraternities, intramurals, and sports. The College competes in 12 NAIA Division I sports. College alumni practice throughout the nation and in 13 different countries, providing a strong network to assist students with their goals. Additional information is available at