Hurd Receives American Midwest Conference’s Wally Schwartz Award

Published on 03 August 2018

Peter Hurd, Ph.D., professor of pharmacy administration and department chair of pharmacy administration, was the recent recipient of the American Midwest Conference’s (AMC) Wally Schwartz Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year Award. The award honors the late Wally Schwartz, who served as the former vice president of legislative services for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Those selected for the award demonstrate the loyalty, enthusiasm and honesty that Wally Schwartz exemplified on behalf of the NAIA.

Hurd began serving as a faculty athletic representative at St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1993, when the College first joined the NAIA. He assumed the role as a way of supporting growing student life opportunities at the College. Hurd served as the College’s first and only faculty athletic representative for 25 years, and his volunteer efforts contributed significantly to the growth of the College’s sports program.

Hurd’s time as a faculty athletic representative with the College is also highlighted by his appointment to the AMC conference eligibility committee in 2015.

“I have been impressed with Dr. Hurd’s strong work ethic, exceptional intelligence and unfailing concern for student athletes,” said Valerie Beeson, AMC eligibility chair.. “I know that Dr. Hurd has clearly demonstrated that he has impacted the lives of many current and former student-athletes.”

This summer, Hurd’s service as a faculty athletic representative came to a close, as he celebrated his official retirement from the College. Upon his retirement, he was granted Professor Emeritus status.

As a College faculty member for 32 years, Hurd taught numerous pharmacy courses throughout his tenure. He was also instrumental in raising the research profile of the College through the creation of the annual Student Research Symposium. Hurd also helped pioneer the incorporation of public health in pharmacy education, and he co-authored two editions of “Introduction to Public Health in Pharmacy,” a textbook that is now used in many pharmacy programs.

“Dr. Hurd has been a valued and respected member of our community since he became a faculty member in 1986,” said Bruce Canaday, Pharm.D.,FASHP, FAPhA, dean of pharmacy and professor of pharmacy practice. “His tireless efforts during his time at the College have made a great impact on the institution and in the lives of many students. We are very grateful for his many years of dedicated service.”

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