Published on October 17, 2023  
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Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy held its annual Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Friday, Oct. 13, in Reid Chapel.

The purpose of this series is to bring national thought leaders to campus to discuss contemporary issues related to pharmacy and health care. Pharmacy students were invited to attend and listen to this productive discussion. ​This year’s speaker was Valerie Prince, Pharm.D. ’94, a distinguished faculty member in McWhorter School of Pharmacy and the 168th president of the American Pharmacists Association.

Prince has been part of the Samford University faculty since 1994. She has also held various practice sites in adult medicine and ambulatory care, including her current clinical pharmacy specialist position at St. Vincent’s East Family Medicine Residency Program.

"We have been fortunate over the years to have amazing pharmacy leaders from around the country present in this seminar series,” said Michael Crouch, dean of McWhorter School of Pharmacy. “And it’s amazing that the 168th President of the American Pharmacists Association is on the Samford Pharmacy faculty. Dr. Prince is an exemplar to our students.”

Previous lecture speakers have included:

  • Pamela Schweitzer, Assistant U.S. Surgeon General
  • Thomas Menighan, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for the American Pharmacists Association
  • Paul Abramowitz, Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Michael Maddux, Executive Director of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Kelley Smith, Past President of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • David Allen, Past President of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.