Dean Marilyn Speedie Receives Kappa Epsilon Fraternity's 2010 Career Achievement Award

Dean Marilyn Speedie Receives Kappa Epsilon Fraternity's 2010 Career Achievement Award

COP Marilyn SpeedieMINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (Feb. 10, 2010) — Marilyn Speedie, dean of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, is the selected recipient of the Grand Council of Kappa Epsilon Fraternity’s 2010 Career Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the Kappa Epsilon Reception, March 13, 2010, in Washington, D.C. The reception occurs during the American Pharmacists Association’s Exposition.

Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. honors one distinguished pharmacist annually with this prestigious recognition, citing the member’s contributions to the discipline of pharmacy. As an adjunct to the award, Speedie's name will be placed in nomination for the Professional Fraternity Association’s Career Achievement Award; that winner will be chosen from among the nominees submitted by all the professional fraternities.

“Dr. Speedie is an excellent role model for collegiate members of Kappa Epsilon,” said Cecilia Plaza, who nominated Speedie for the award. “One of the founding principles of Kappa Epsilon is to promote women in pharmacy, and Marilyn embodies that in her success as a basic scientist, educator and leader in pharmacy education.”

Speedie received a bachelor of science in pharmacy degree (1970) and a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy (1973) from the School of Pharmacy, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. After practicing part-time as a registered pharmacist while attending graduate school, she spent 21 years on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy where she last served as professor and chair of pharmaceutical sciences. In 1996 Speedie became dean and professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, a position she still holds.

As dean, she has led the college in its expansion to a second campus, and helped expand its research capacity and performance. She is currently co-chair of the Center for Leading Healthcare Change. Her leadership interests include developing the college’s education, research and clinical practice missions and working with the profession to enhance pharmacy’s ability to meet the health care needs of the state.

Her teaching interests include herbal medicinal agents, antibiotics, infectious diseases and biotechnology, and she has coauthored a textbook and published numerous chapters and articles in these areas. She has also spoken and written extensively on a variety of issues in pharmaceutical education and science, including accreditation, residencies, leadership, interprofessional education, biotechnology, and others.

Speedie recently completed a three-year term in the presidential offices for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, serving as president in 2006-07. She has held offices, served on task forces and led committees in numerous professional societies. She is currently vice chair and member of the Board of Directors for the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology and Education. She is also involved in continued commitment and service to the University of Minnesota beyond her position as dean.

She has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Harold R. Popp award from the Minnesota Pharmacists Association, the Hugh Kabat Award from Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacy, and the Paul Dawson Award by AACP for her research and teaching in the area of biotechnology. She was made a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists in 1996.

"Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Inc. is honored in return, to have Dr. Speedie, Pi Chapter, one of our own, as our 2010 Career Achievement Winner," said Nancy Stankiewicz, executive director of Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Inc.

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