May 4: Pharmacists assoc. CEO to speak at commencement

Tom Menighan WSU pharmacy commencement speaker SPOKANE, Wash. – Tom Menighan, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Pharmacists Association, will be the keynote speaker at the WSU College of Pharmacy commencement, 1 p.m. Thursday, May 4 at the Martin Woldson Theater.

The APhA is the nation’s largest professional association for pharmacists. The organization has led the initiative to see pharmacists recognized as health care providers, especially by insurance companies that routinely refuse to reimburse pharmacists for the growing number of services they provide. In 2015 legislation was passed in Washington requiring insurance carriers to recognize pharmacists in the same way as other providers, but not all states have this kind of legislation in place.

This will be Menighan’s second time to WSU in Spokane. He was one of the first presenters of the college’s Preparing for Your Career in Pharmacy Seminar Series in 2013. The seminars support the college’s mission to educate outstanding health care professionals and expose student pharmacists to current pharmacy leaders across the country who are driving innovation, advancing health care practice and improving people’s lives.

Menighan has been involved with the APhA for more than three decades, first as an invited speaker, a senior staff member, then as a volunteer on the board of trustees and even serving a term as elected president from 2001 to 2002.

In addition to his work with APhA, Menighan is a pharmacy owner and business entrepreneur. He founded several companies including a Medicine Shoppe pharmacy in West Virginia, and SynTegra Solutions Inc., a company that provided auditing, consulting and health technology services based in Maryland. He also founded SymRx Inc., developed, and is currently a partner in the multi-state specialty pharmacy chain Pharmacy Associates Inc.

Menighan’s selection as the commencement speaker for pharmacy maintains the college’s practice to bring thought leaders to campus. Previous keynote speakers include former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, former FDA administrator Susan C. Winckler and, prior to that, Rear Adm. Scott Giberson, a deputy surgeon general and pharmacist.

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Lori Maricle, WSU College of Pharmacy communications, 509-368-6679,