On August 15, 2021, James M. O’Donnell will step down as dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, capping eight years of leadership.
During his tenure as dean, he has overseen many significant initiatives:
Though he arrived in 2013 a non-Buffalonian, we are proud to call him and his wife Kim lifelong Buffalonians! His impact and legacy have left an indelible mark on our school.
O’Donnell will remain a member of the SPPS family as a faculty member and professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmacology and toxicology.
High school and college students from around the world had a unique opportunity to explore and better understand what it means to be a pharmacist at the sixth annual University at Buffalo Pharmacy Summer Institute for High School and College Students.
The multiday program, hosted by the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, provided nearly 600 students with a broad scope of virtual learning experiences, including a variety of interactive sessions activities, and lectures by UB pharmacy faculty and Buffalo-area alumni on topics ranging from vaccinations to medical marijuana to the many diverse and dynamic career opportunities a pharmacy degree can provide.
The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is proud to recognize two outstanding alumni honored with UB Alumni Association Achievement Awards.
Carol Gloff, BS ’75, is the recipient of the 2021 Philip B. Wels Award, given to individuals and groups whose achievements, contributions or volunteer service to advance the University at Buffalo.
Gloff’s support for UB has been exemplary. She joined the University at Buffalo Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2007, and was instrumental in helping bring back a scholarship for female students. She also chaired numerous board committees before serving as board president from 2013-15. She was a member of the School of Pharmacy Committee for the Campaign for UB: Generation to Generation, and in 2018, she became an active campaign volunteer in support of the Boldly Buffalo campaign, serving on the campaign steering committee and as campaign chair for the pharmacy school.
John Rodgers. BS ’83 & MBA ’84, received a 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award, given in recognition of exceptional career accomplishments, community or university service, and research and scholarly activity.
As chief operating officer for health maintenance organization Independent Health, Rodgers oversees all business operations, including sales, marketing, product development, information technology, customer service, claims operations and Independent Health’s ancillary businesses. In this role, Rodgers impacts the health and well-being of nearly 400,000 Western New Yorkers, providing them and our community with innovative health-related products and access to quality health care. He is past president of the board of trustees for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Western and Central New York Chapter, chair of the board of directors, Child and Family Services and a board member of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.