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Dr. Popovich Earns AACP’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Popovich helping students in the computer lab.

Dr. Popovich helping students in the computer lab.

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) will honor Nicholas G. Popovich, Ph.D., associate dean and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, for his dedication to the Association and to pharmacy education through instruction, leadership, service and scholarship for more than four decades.

He will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, a sculpture, on July 16 during the Opening General Session of Pharmacy Education 2017, the AACP Annual Meeting, in Nashville, Tenn.

"This is truly an honor," Popovich said. "I'm very proud of my work but also very humbled by this recognition."

Popovich’s contributions to instruction have always been rooted in the needs of the student. His deep passion to inspire student learning and development through encouragement, guidance, nurturing and commitment helped his students create their future by being an exemplary role model.

Popovich has been dedicated to advancing the profession at the national level, including serving as President of AACP from 1991-1992.

“The stellar list of recipients for these top AACP awards is reflective of the commitment to excellence in community service, education, research, and the diversity of our members’ accomplishments,” said AACP Executive Vice President and CEO Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph. “From genomics to faculty and student leadership, the scholarship of learning and cutting-edge pharmacological research, Drs. Zito, Taylor, Schmidt, Gallimore and Popovich represent the ‘best of’ pharmacy education.”

“The time is long‐past that this very special person – someone who so many of us are proud to call colleague, mentor, and friend – is acknowledged for a lifetime of professional and personal accomplishments,” said Robert L. McCarthy, Ph.D., professor and dean emeritus at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy.

Pharmacy Education 2017 will be held July 15-19 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. The conference offers educational programming, exhibits, networking events and award presentations.
Founded in 1900, AACP is the national organization representing the interests of pharmacy education. AACP is comprised of all accredited colleges and schools with pharmacy degree programs, including more than 6,500 faculty, 64,300 students enrolled in professional programs and 5,800 individuals pursuing graduate study.