School of Pharmacy Caps Academic Year with New Dean, Stellar Class of 2013

The nation's premier pharmacy school capped its academic year by welcoming a new dean and celebrating a stellar class of graduates at its commencement ceremony on May 24.

Presiding over the gathering at Davies Symphony Hall was B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, who took over as the School of Pharmacy's dean on April 1. He had been serving as interim dean since Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, retired in 2012. Koda-Kimble, who stepped down after an accomplished 46-year career at UCSF, was on hand at the May 24 event to help confer degrees on the graduates.

During the ceremony, school leaders recognized the five finalists of the Bowl of Hygeia Award, the highest honor given to a graduating student exemplifying the qualities most desirable in a pharmacist, including leadership, ability, enthusiasm and dedication. First presented in 1966, the award is named for Hygeia, the Greek goddess of health and a recognized symbol of the profession of pharmacy.

This year's award went to Pan Pan Wong. Constantly volunteering her time to advance community service and professional organizations, Wong's contributions are characterized by great care, unwavering dedication and thoughtful focus on continual improvement. Wong inspired her peers through her excellence in academics, her ability to lead by example, her passion for pharmacy, maturity, work ethic and professionalism. She successfully restructured student community outreach projects and extended her involvement to professional organizations by serving in student leadership positions through the American Pharmacists Association and Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society.

Other finalists for the award were Matthew Chang, Amrit Dosanjh, Gregory Gipson and Marisa Roberts.

Founded in 1872, the UCSF School of Pharmacy is the first pharmacy school established in the West and has continued to lead the field. Today it is the leading U.S. pharmacy school in terms of both research funding from the National Institutes of Health and the ranking of its Doctor of Pharmacy degree program in U.S. News & World Report.

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