by Victoria Stearns, Public Relations Writer
“I believe this is an important time to empower people to engage and educate our local communities,” said Sweeney when accepting the appointment. “Taking part in this committee is an honor and privilege.”
The committee first met in Toronto during the first week of November, and will meet several other times throughout the year.
The committee identified and recognized the top AACP faculty, practicing pharmacists and students, as well as determined the key characteristics and development opportunities to help expand and empower the pool of pharmacy education advocates.
The committee chiefly discussed how to empower citizens to be actioned advocates – within institutions, communities, and governments. The committee will build off the tools in place from previous committee work and set the stage in policy for next year’s committee.
Joining Sweeney on the committee are Daniel C. Robinson (Western University of Health Sciences – Chair), Michelle R. Easton (University of Charleston), Diane B. Ginsburg (The University of Texas at Austin), Macary W. Marciniak (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and William G. Lang IV (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy).
Sweeney is the founding dean of Cedarville’s School of Pharmacy, which is in its seventh year. He also helped found the University of Findlay’s college of pharmacy and department of pharmacy practice. He has also served on the faculty at Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy.
Throughout his professional career, he has presented at a variety of professional conferences, published several articles and book chapters and has obtained more than $400,000 in research grants.
Sweeney received his B.S. in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and went on to receive his M.Div. from Southwestern Bible College and Seminary. He received his Pharm.D. from The Ohio State University.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,711 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.