Wells Receives Francke Award
PharmD, Dean, Professor and Executive Director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, received the 2010 APhA Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award during the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition, in Washington, DC, March 12-15, 2010. The award, named for the noted pharmacy leader and former APhA staff member Gloria Niemeyer Francke, was established in 1993 to recognize an individual who has promoted and encouraged pharmacists to attain leadership positions through example, acting as a role model and mentor.
For the past three decades, Dr. Wells has been at the forefront of pharmacy education and practice. While an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy she pioneered a certificate program in Mental Health Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Wells entered practice during the early development of hospital clinical pharmacy. Her ability to cultivate relationships and her expertise as a practitioner were validated by her election as a fellow in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. In 2002, Dr. Wells was installed as President of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). She determined that the development of a new generation of leaders in the profession was critical, and she made it a priority of her tenure. As a result, AACP created the Center for Academic Leadership and Management and several leadership development programs were established. Today more than 150 new leaders have been cultivated out of the hallmark program of the Center – the Academic Leadership Fellows Program. She has received numerous honors, awards and recognitions including the APhA Clinical Pharmacotherapeutic Practice Award. In addition to training dozens of residents and fellows, she has published greater than 100 peer reviewed articles, books and book chapters and received several million dollars in construction and research grants.
In a nomination letter, one of her colleagues said Dr. WellÕs academic career called upon her abilities as both a leader and mentor of early, mid and late career faculty. She added, "It is fair to say she has influenced the lives of hundreds of faculty and thousands of students. As a role model, especially for young women, she has no doubt touched even more individuals as she demonstrated her ability to balance a stellar career with the demands of family and other priorities."