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USciences to Honor Two with Honorary Degrees at May 23 Commencement
Last year’s honoree to speak at new bachelor’s degree conferment ceremony on May 18
Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Contact:  Brian Kirschner
Contact Email:  b.kirschner@usciences.edu
Contact Phone:  215.895.1186

University of the Sciences will honor two individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society when the 191st commencement ceremony is held on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at 1 p.m. In addition to conferring almost 500 degrees, the University will also bestow honorary doctor of science degrees on Henri R. Manasse Jr., and Dr. Guion ‘Guy’ Bluford, Jr., when this year’s graduates take to The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

Henri R. Manasse, Jr., PhD
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

Dr. Henri R. Manasse, Jr., was executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) from July 1, 1997, to Jan. 1, 2012, when he became executive vice president and chief executive officer emeritus. For more than 60 years, ASHP has helped pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems improve medication use and enhance patient safety. The Society's 35,000 members include pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in inpatient, outpatient, home-care, and long-term-care settings, as well as pharmacy students.

Prior to joining ASHP, Dr. Manasse was vice president for health sciences at The University of Iowa and chairman of the board of the University of Iowa Health System. Among numerous honors and awards, Dr. Manasse was recently appointed visiting professor at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital in Beijing, China. In 1996, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and is the 2007 recipient of the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award. Dr. Manasse will receive the ASHP Donald E. Francke Medal in December 2012 during the Midyear Clinical Meeting.

He earned his BS in pharmacy from the University of Illinois at the Medical Center, an MA in educational psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, and a PhD in pharmacy administration from the University of Minnesota.

Guion ‘Guy’ Bluford, Jr., PhD
President, The Aerospace Technology Group; Colonel (Ret.), USAF

Dr. Guion “Guy” Bluford, Jr., became the first African American to fly in space when he lifted off with the space shuttle Challenger in 1983. He would later return to space three more times, logging a total of 688 hours in space.

Born in Philadelphia in 1942, Dr. Bluford attended Overbrook Senior High School before receiving a BS in aerospace engineering from the Penn State University in 1964. After graduating from Penn State, Dr. Bluford earned his Air Force pilot wings and flew 144 combat missions in Southeast Asia.

He earned an MS in aerospace engineering with distinction from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1974 and was assigned to the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory as deputy for advanced concepts for the Aeromechanics Division. He would go on to earn a PhD in aerospace engineering with a minor in laser physics in 1978 and that same year was selected to the astronaut program. Dr. Bluford also holds an MBA from the University of Houston, Clear Lake.

Dr. Bluford was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1997 and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2003, he was the executive director of investigative activities for the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

Retired from NASA and the Air Force in 1993, Dr. Bluford is currently the president of the Aerospace Technology Group, in Cleveland, Ohio.

In addition, this year will also mark the first bachelor’s degree conferment ceremony for some 240 students in the master of occupational therapy, doctor of occupational therapy, doctor of physical therapy, and doctor of pharmacy programs. The ceremony on Friday, May 18 at noon in the Athletic/Recreation Center (ARC) is for students who entered the University as first-year students in 2008, or who transferred into those programs before earning a bachelor’s degree, and who are eligible to earn a bachelor’s degree during the 2011-12 academic year even as they continue their matriculation toward their professional degrees. Last year’s honorary degree recipient, Mary Louise Tigue Andersen P’52, HonDSc’11, will be the featured speaker at the bachelor’s degree conferment ceremony.

Mary Louise Tigue Andersen P’52, HonDSc’11
Deputy Director (retired), Department of Health and Human Services

Mary Louise Tigue Andersen P’52, HonDSc’11 has devoted her life to securing access to health services, particularly primary care, for all persons.

After graduating from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, she joined her father in community pharmacy practice in Wilmington, Del. Dr. Andersen joined the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) in 1949 and served as vice president from 1967 to 1968. She served as the first woman elected speaker of the APhA House of Delegates from 1969 to 1971. She was APhA honorary president in 1997–98 and APHA awarded her the Remington Honor Medal in 2003.

Her experience in APhA led to a career in public service when she joined the U.S. Public Health Service in 1974. Her career included roles as director in the Division of Hospitals and Clinics, special assistant to the director in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health; special assistant to the director for the Center for Substance Abuse and Treatment; and deputy director in the Department of Health and Human Service’s Bureau of Primary Health Care, where she established the Office of Pharmacy Affairs.

After her retirement from government service in 1999, Dr. Andersen provided leadership to the Healthy Communities Access Program that enabled services within communities to link providers with the uninsured and underinsured.

USciences honored her commitment to the care of others at commencement on May 25, 2011, with an honorary doctor of science degree.


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