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American Pharmacists Association CEO to present 30th anniversary Kenneth L. Waters Lecture

Athens, Ga. – Thomas E. Menighan, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Pharmacists Association, will present at the 30th anniversary of the University of Georgia Kenneth L. Waters Lecture Nov. 29 at 3:30 p.m. in room 101 of Pharmacy South. Hosted by the College of Pharmacy, the lecture on “It’s an Exciting Time to be a Pharmacist” is free and open to the public.

Prior to his current role at APhA, Menighan was founder and president of SynTegra Solutions Inc. in Germantown, Md. The company provides supply-chain and charge-back auditing and consulting in risk management, 340B systems, anti-counterfeiting and medication information technology. Menighan also founded SymRx Inc. and developed

Throughout his career, Menighan has served in various roles at APhA, including president from 2001-2002 and a member of its board of trustees from 1995-2003. While on staff as senior director of external affairs from 1987-1992, he managed state affairs, public relations, new business development and practice management issues.

Menighan also managed the PharMark Corporation, created RationalMed and served as licensor of systems for states to conduct drug use review for millions of state Medicaid enrollees. He founded and was a 20-year Medicine Shoppe owner in Huntington, W.V., and he is currently a partner in Pharmacy Associates Inc., a multistage specialty pharmacy that serves patients in much of the U.S.

Menighan received his bachelor of science in pharmacy in 1974 from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and a master of business administration in 1990 from Averett College. In 2011 he received an honorary doctor of science degree from West Virginia University and in 2010 was awarded a doctor of science degree by the University of Charleston in West Virginia.

The Kenneth L. Waters Lecture Series was started in 1982 to honor the late Dean Emeritus Kenneth L. Waters, who was dean of the college from 1948 to 1977. The lecture series is designed to bring nationally and internationally known leaders in pharmacy to the UGA campus and to recognize Waters’ outstanding accomplishments and contributions as dean.

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