Pieper Announces Retirement from the College
Published on 29 May 2020
Following a 41-year career in academic pharmacy and a decade serving as president of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, recently announced that he will retire at the end of the 2020-21 academic year.
“After 10 wonderful years at the College, stepping away from the community that I hold so dear will be an emotional experience,” Pieper said. “As I begin this next chapter in my life, I look forward to spending more time with my wife, children and extended family, but I will continue to maintain a front row seat to witness all the exciting things that are yet to come at the College as it continues to transform health care education.”
Pieper began his tenure as the College’s fourth president in August 2010. During his time as president, Pieper spearheaded a two-phase construction project that transformed the physical campus, adding two new state-of-the-art buildings and more than 400,000 square feet of space designed to provide students, faculty, staff and alumni with unparalleled opportunities to learn and grow. Construction of the 213,000-square-foot Academic and Research Building was completed in 2015, and the 193,000-square-foot Recreation and Student Center opened its doors in 2017.
During his tenure, Pieper has created collaborative partnerships with neighboring institutions within the Washington University Medical Campus. These partnerships have strengthened the College’s potential to positively impact health care, develop an international reputation and influence the practice of pharmacy regionally and nationally.
As president, Pieper has led the College in enhancing its research capacity and raising its research profile nationally and internationally. He played a key role in the creation and development of the Center for Clinical Pharmacology, an unprecedented joint research venture between the College and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Over the past five years, the center has become a hub of research and discovery, with faculty members receiving annual funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other granting agencies such as the American Heart Association and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Pieper’s vision to expand research has helped the College gain recognition as the top-ranked private college of pharmacy in the nation for NIH grants and earn a No. 3 ranking on the list of top NIH award recipients in the St. Louis area.
“I have been so privileged to work alongside the talented members of our campus community to bring a number of impactful projects to fruition during my years with the College,” Pieper said. “I’m grateful for the collaborative teamwork that’s happened across campus, and with the current and former members of the College’s Board of Trustees, which has resulted in transformational changes at the College over the past decade.”
Prior to his appointment at the College, Pieper served as professor and dean of the College of Pharmacy at University of New Mexico (UNM), with concurrent appointments as vice president for research and deputy executive vice president at UNM Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque. Pieper was also a senior fellow at Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy at UNM and was adjunct professor, facultad de farmacia, at Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Before his appointment at UNM, Pieper served as professor and chairman of the Division of Pharmacotherapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy and as associate dean for clinical programs and founding chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at University of Colorado School of Pharmacy. He has also held faculty positions with the colleges of pharmacy at the University of Tennessee and the University of Florida.
Pieper is a past president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, past honorary president of the Missouri Pharmacy Association, past speaker of the house of delegates of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and was recognized by the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists as the Outstanding Pharmacy Dean in the United States in 2006.
In 2015, Pieper served as chair of the board of Pharmacy Specialties. He was elected president of the Academic Pharmacy Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) in 2017, representing pharmacy faculty members globally, and was awarded fellowship in FIP in 2019. He is also a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists Association.
Pieper will officially retire from his role as president of the College on June 30, 2021. As he prepares for his retirement, he will be actively engaged in facilitating the transition for the institution’s next president.
“Serving as the fourth president of St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been a privilege, the honor of my career and one of the great joys of my life,” Pieper said. “Over the past decade, we have done great things, and through the dedicated support of this incredible community, we have strengthened the College for the future. As I look forward to retirement, I do so with hope and optimism, in large part, because I know that the amazing work of our College community will continue. The best is yet to come for the College, and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve this wonderful institution for the past 10 years.”
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