Bootman takes the reins at AACP

Smiling white man with receding hair lineJ. Lyle Bootman, dean of the college and senior vice president for health sciences, was inducted as 2012-2013 president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy at the 2012 AACP Annual Meeting in Kissimmee, Fla., July 17.

Addressing annual meeting attendees, Bootman said that he is “excited, energized and most honored by the opportunity to lead the academy” in the role of AACP president. “The issues before us require leadership, oftentimes some political skill, and bold new approaches to how we conduct research, educate and work as healthcare professionals. I am confident that AACP can play a decisive role in leading change in this dynamic era.

“There has never been a more important time for academic pharmacy, and AACP specifically, to get to all the right tables of influence at the right time,” Bootman said. “We also need to continually think about building and equipping the next generation of leaders with the skills and visibility they need to be game-changers.”

In support of this goal, he announced a joint partnership between AACP and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy to establish the first-ever Pharmacy Fellowship as part of the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine Anniversary Fellowship Program.

“The IOM represents just one of the important tables of influence for pharmacy education in these dynamic—and some might say, chaotic—times,” Bootman continued. “As your president I will dedicate all of my energy to identifying many more opportunities for influence. I will communicate the association’s initiatives and your outstanding work to state and national policy makers, private-sector decision makers and our colleagues across the spectrum of health professions education, research and practice. Our work can make a difference in the shared goal of creating value in health care.”

AACP Executive Vice President and CEO Lucinda L. Maine praised Bootman’s presidential agenda for improving value in research, education and healthcare.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Lyle at the helm, leading AACP with the wealth of expertise, wisdom and influence he’s developed during his remarkable career,” Maine said. “Those sitting at the ‘tables of influence’ he mentioned in his address are ready for academic pharmacy leaders to bring solutions, like those developed by our faculty, to address key problems and take full advantage of emerging opportunities.”

Much of the text for this story was provided by AACP.

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