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Pharmacy scholarship named for chain drug leader Civello
February 26th, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has made a gift of $50,000 to the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy to create the Anthony N. Civello Pharmacy Scholarship, named after chain drug industry leader and former Kerr Drug chief executive officer Tony Civello.
The NACDS Foundation said Wednesday that the gift honors Civello's leadership and commitment to the foundation.
Civello's career in the pharmacy and chain drug industry spans nearly five decades. He joined the NACDS board of directors in 1998 and served as chairman from 2005 to 2007. He also served on the NACDS Foundation board from 2003 to 2013.
"I am deeply honored to receive this scholarship designation," Civello said in a statement. "This is an important opportunity to serve both the mission of the NACDS Foundation and give back to my alma mater in helping pharmacy students engage in meaningful research focusing on patient-centered care.”
The foundation noted that Civello was instrumental in realigning the its vision and mission to focus on evidence-based research that advances public health. Since 2010, the foundation has invested more than $3 million into research efforts with partners such as Harvard University, the University of Iowa and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, among many others.
"We are pleased to recognize Tony's vision for the advancement of public health through this scholarship gift. There is no finer person and no finer leader worthy of this honor," stated Steve Anderson, chairman of the NACDS Foundation and president and CEO of NACDS. "I read somewhere that people should strive not only to be successful, but to be 'people of value.' Tony Civello has been both. However, I would like to edit that to read that people like Tony are people with values — with an 's' — whose character is of the highest integrity."
Dean Patricia Kroboth of the University of Pittsburgh said she remembers conversations with Civello that date back to the early 1990s.
"Tony has long had the vision of pharmacists as health care providers. Through his endeavors, he has changed the face of community pharmacy," Kroboth recalled. "We are proud to call him a distinguished alumnus of our school of pharmacy and legacy laureate of the university and are thrilled to connect our community-research focused student pharmacists to Tony Civello's legacy through the scholarship that carries his name."