American Pharmacists Association Taps UTHSC Talent

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UTHSC College of Pharmacy Dean Dick Gourley, PharmD, and Timothy L. Tucker, PharmD, a 1988 graduate of the college, were both elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy is well-represented at the national level in the pharmacy profession. Dean Dick Gourley, PharmD, and Timothy L. Tucker, PharmD, a 1988 graduate of the college, were both elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Tucker, a community pharmacist in Huntingdon, Tenn., was also elected President-elect.

Dean Gourley and Tucker will be installed on the board in March during the APhA 155th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. They will serve on the Board of Trustees for three-year terms through April 15, 2010. Tucker will succeed to the office of President in March 2008, at the conclusion of the APhA Annual Meeting in San Diego, Ca.

Founded in 1852, the APhA represents more than 57,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession. As the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States, the APhA remains dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care.

“This extremely well-deserved honor is, for each of them, a reflection of their extraordinary achievements and commitment,” stated an announcement from the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA), which is headquartered in Nashville. “We are very proud that their experience and abilities have been recognized at the national level, and we know that APhA and pharmacy will benefit greatly from their influence.”

Tucker’s extensive experience includes serving in a variety of practice settings, such as community pharmacy, health system and long-term care. He was a faculty member at UTHSC, president of the TPA, President of the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy, and Speaker of the House for TPA for more than 10 years. He has served in advisory positions and on committees with the APhA for more than 20 years, including finishing seven years on the APhA board in March 2006.

Dean Gourley, earned his BS and PharmD from UTHSC, and has led the College of Pharmacy since 1989. He was previously a professor and dean at Mercer University, and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Nebraska. He completed a certificate program in Health Systems Management at Harvard and has served the APhA as a delegate to the House of Delegates, board member, vice chair and chair of the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. Dean Gourley is the current editor-in-chief of the APhA Comprehensive Review of Pharmacy. He received the Association of Hungarian Pharmacists Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

As the flagship statewide academic health system, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is focused on a four-tier mission of education, research, patient care and community service, all in support of a single goal: to improve the health of Tennesseans. Offering a broad range of postgraduate training opportunities, the main campus, which includes six colleges, is located in Memphis. UTHSC has additional College of Medicine campus locations in Knoxville and Chattanooga. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.