After 34 years of service to the KU School of Pharmacy and the Pharmacy profession, Senior Associate Dean Gene Hotchkiss retired on September 30. Among Gene’s many strengths are his wealth of knowledge about the profession, the school, the university, and our alumni. We will continue to rely heavily on his expertise for many years to come.
Although he has had a lasting impact on all of our graduates, Gene provided special guidance to those with interest in community pharmacy. A longtime faculty advisor to the school’s National Community Pharmacy Association (NCPA) student chapter, Gene helped foster connections between students and alumni that have shaped community pharmacy throughout Kansas.
His annual NCPA “Road Trip” across the state has become a tradition that students and alumni look forward to every year. Over the past 23 years, he led KU pharmacy students on more than 300 community pharmacy visits. Those trips provided students valuable insight into the operation of a community pharmacy and introduced them to alumni who would become their mentors, peers, and business partners.
In 1997, Gene started the school’s Summer Pharmacy Camp, aimed at high school students interested in a pharmacy career. That program has been one of the school’s most successful recruitment events.
Gene has been a trusted advisor to four Deans during his time at KU and has enjoyed a close relationship with all KU School of Pharmacy alumni, especially with those who progressed through the school during his tenure.
Those who know Gene best will tell you he is not only a great person but also a tireless advocate for our students and our profession. Please join us in honoring Gene by contributing to the Gene Hotchkiss Pharmacy Scholarship and help us continue his legacy of fostering future generations of Kansas pharmacists.
Read a farewell from Gene himself here.
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