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Roberts Named Outstanding Dean 

Kenneth B. Roberts

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2009) - University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Dean Kenneth B. Roberts has been selected the 2009 Outstanding Dean by the American Pharmacists Association's (APhA) Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP).

He was nominated for the national honor by UK pharmacy students from the classes of 2009, 2010 and 2011. The award will be presented April 6 during the APhA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The annual award recognizes a dean who has made significant contributions to the APhA-ASP chapter at his or her university and who has promoted with distinction the welfare of student pharmacists through various community service, leadership, and professional activities.

"At the UK College of Pharmacy, Roberts' leadership and mentoring skills have been the major contributing factors to the considerable recognition the APhA-ASP chapter has received over the last several years," said John A. Gans, executive vice-president and CEO of APhA.

Roberts' tireless enthusiasm and guidance have enriched the student experience, and serves as encouragement for students to further advance the profession of pharmacy, Gans said.

According to his nominators, "Dean Roberts understands the importance of student involvement in any profession of pharmacy," said Amanda Rapson, Class of 2010 and APhA-ASP Region 4 delegate and APhA-ASP chapter president.

"The dean also supports our students by holding a picnic for all incoming first-year student pharmacists where he invites them into his home and gets to know each person," said Alex Flannery, Class of 2011. "In addition, he has group lunches with every single student pharmacist in the class and learns their names and where they're from."

Roberts, dean of the UK College of Pharmacy since March 2000, has led the effort to secure public and private funding for a $155 million pharmacy building under construction on the UK campus. The state-of-the-art facility will be completed in 2010 and will be the largest academic building ever constructed in the Commonwealth. The building will enable the college to increase enrollment and educate more future pharmacists as well as expand its academic and research programs.

"Without his perseverance in the lobbying of university and state officials, the construction of this building would not have been possible," said nominator and pharmacy student Emily Antony, Class of 2010. "I have been very fortunate to attend the UK College of Pharmacy while Dr. Kenneth Roberts has been the dean and his example is inspiring to all who interact with him."

Roberts is a native of Sharon, Tenn. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Tennessee, Memphis (1967) and a Master of Business Administration Degree in Marketing (1973) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned a Ph.D. in health care administration from the University of Mississippi (1975). He served in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps (1967-1971) as a pharmacy officer. He was first appointed an assistant professor at the University of Texas, and later professor and associate dean at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. He also served as dean of the School of Pharmacy and executive director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Ole Miss from 1989 to 2000.


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