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Pharmacy leader speaking at 2013 Commencement

Published on 24 June 2013

International pharmacy leader Henri Manasse Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FFIP, will be the featured speaker at this year’s St. Louis College of Pharmacy commencement ceremony. Manasse directed the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) as executive vice president and chief executive officer from 1997 through 2012. He is currently professor and dean emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. 

In 2012, Manasse received the ASHP’s Donald E. Francke Medal for his contributions to international pharmacy advancement, and he currently serves as the professional secretary for the International Pharmaceutical Federation. Manasse has received honorary doctoral degrees from six American universities, and he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1996. He was the 2007 recipient of the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award.

Tricia Berry ’94/’95, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice, director of experiential programs, and assistant dean, will also be speaking at the ceremony. She is the 2013 Joe E. Haberle Outstanding Educator Award recipient. Each year, the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Alumni Association honors a faculty member with this award in recognition of his or her commitment to educational excellence.

This year’s Commencement is the 145th in the College’s history. The more than 180 candidates for graduation come from 11 states and South Korea. Commencement will be held on May 5 at 2 p.m. at Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis.

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