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Sebok Lecture to welcome executive vice president, CEO of American Pharmacists Association

Jan 6, 2012

ImageThomas E. Menighan, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), will be the guest speaker during the Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy’s third annual Sebok Pharmacy Lecture. Menighan will deliver his lecture, “It is an Exciting Time to be a Pharmacist,” in ONU’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m.

APhA, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States. It represents more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA is dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care.

Menighan served as APhA president from 2001-02 and as a member of the APhA Board of Trustees between 1995-2003. He was an APhA senior staff member from 1987-92. Prior to his current leadership roles, Menighan was founder and president of SynTegra Solutions Inc. in Germantown, Md. He also founded SymRx Inc. and developed

His other professional experiences include management of the PharMark Corporation, creator of RationalMed, and licensor of systems for states to conduct drug utilization review for millions of state Medicaid enrollees. Menighan also founded and was a 20-year owner of Medicine Shoppe in Huntington, W.Va., and he is a current partner in Pharmacy Associates, Inc.

A graduate of the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, Menighan earned his master’s degree in business administration in 1990 from Averett College. In 2011, he received an honorary Doctor of Science (ScD) from West Virginia University, and he was awarded an ScD by the University of Charleston (West Virginia) in 2010.

The Sebok Pharmacy Lecture was established by alumni and friends to honor Dr. Albert A. Sebok, a 1953 graduate of the Raabe College of Pharmacy and one of its most distinguished alumni. A Cleveland native, Sebok joined Standard Drug as a store manager after graduation. In 1961, Revco acquired Standard, and Sebok began his rise in store operations, culminating in his appointment in 1971 as senior vice president for store operations of Revco Drug Stores Inc. Under his leadership, Revco became the largest discount drug chain in America with more than 2,000 stores. He was an original member of ONU’s Pharmacy Advisory Board and the founder and instructor of the college’s contemporary pharmacy practice class. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Ohio Northern in 1988.