September 30, 2020, East Hanover, NJ — The Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute (PLEI) and the Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS), the Pharmacy Leadership Society, have extended and expanded their partnership in the sponsorship and administration of the Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award for an additional five-year term. As part of their partnership, the financial honorarium associated with the Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award has been doubled from $1,000 to $2,000.
The Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award was established in 1987 by the Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity to recognize outstanding leadership. PLEI took over the administration of the award from the Fraternity in March 2000. In 2015, PLS partnered with PLEI to sponsor the award. The Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award recognizes a pharmacist less than 10 years past graduation for demonstration of exemplary leadership qualities indicative of someone likely to emerge as a major leader in pharmacy of the course of their career. The Award recipient presents a lecture on the topic of leadership at the annual APhA meeting which is later published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. Applications for the 2021 Award are due on November 6, 2020 and the application is available at https://plei.org/prescott-award/.
About Albert Prescott
Albert B. Prescott was Dean of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan from 1870 to 1905. A maverick, he was rebuffed by APhA for his heretical view that pharmacy should be an education-based profession – not an experienced-based trade. The credentials committee at the 1871 APhA convention rejected Prescott as unworthy of being seated as a voting delegate. But Prescott persevered. By the 1890s, Prescott’s vision and convictions were proven correct. The rest of the country began to follow Prescott’s lead. Ironically, he was eventually elected president of APhA in 1899, and became the first president of the organization we now know as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), when it was founded in 1900.
About the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute, Inc.
The Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute (PLEI) facilitates engaging professional leader development activities, to enable personal growth that will transform the delivery of healthcare. PLEI envisions a valued and vibrant profession, driven by engaged leaders dedicated to inspiring the healthcare community. PLEI coordinates the Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award, Leader Development Seminars, Leader Development Institute, the Lead←Grow→Shape leadership workbook, and other educational events for pharmacists and student pharmacists. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognizes PLEI as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization; EIN 58-2296988. You can learn more about PLEI at www.plei.org.
About Phi Lambda Sigma
Phi Lambda Sigma was established in 1965 to develop leadership qualities among pharmacy students and pharmacists and to recognize leaders in the profession. The elected offices on the National Executive Committee includes President: Jordan Ballou, PharmD, BCACP (University of Mississippi); President-Elect: Michael Mueller, PhD (LECOM – Bradenton Campus); Speaker of the House: Alakai Montalbo, PharmD Candidate (Idaho State University); Members-at-Large: Rashid Abdoh, PharmD Candidate (Texas A&M University) and Kira Voyer, PharmD Candidate (University of Buffalo). Appointed officers and staff members include Executive Director: Brandon Jennings, PharmD, BCACP (Abilyn Consulting, LLC, Winchester, VA); Associate Executive Director: Mary Euler, PharmD, FAPhA (West Virginia University); Director of Professional Development: Katelyn Shatz, PharmD, MBA, BCPS (James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa, FL); Parliamentarian: Anthony Declue, PharmD (Medical University of South Carolina); and Treasurer: Jaclyn Cole, PharmD, BCPS (University of South Florida). You can learn more about PLS at www.philambdasigma.org.