University of South Carolina

Lou and William Kennedy at Friday's announcement.
Lou and William Kennedy at Friday's announcement.

$30 million pharmacy gift will create special center


"I've been in the industry long enough to see a great many significant advances," Bill Kennedy said. "I like to think I've even contributed to some of them. In any case, I've been fortunate enough to stay on top of both the science and the business, and I'm determined to help the next generation of pharmacists develop the skills they'll need to excel in both areas, as well."

About the South Carolina College of Pharmacy

The South Carolina College of Pharmacy was formed in 2004 through the integration of the colleges of pharmacy at USC in Columbia and the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

The SCCP is a statewide education, research and service institution that combines a large comprehensive university and a major academic medical center.

The Kennedy Center will combine principles of pharmacy, business and management to provide resources for students, faculty and researchers throughout the university. It will emphasize innovation in pharmacy practice and education, creating an interdisciplinary environment that prepares pharmacy students to become leaders in the profession.

"The goal is to guide future pharmacists toward new approaches and new ways of thinking," said Dr. Joseph DiPiro, executive dean of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. "We're preparing them to not only meet the challenges of a dramatically changing healthcare landscape, but to conquer those challenges through innovation and creating new levels of success in science and in business."

The Pharmacy Innovation Center will emphasize entrepreneurship through a direct link to the top-ranked Darla Moore School of Business that will enable pharmacy students to develop entrepreneurial and business skills essential for the changing healthcare environment.

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