Michael C. Kaufmann, CEO, Pharmaceutical Segment of Cardinal Health to deliver keynote address at Howard University College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony


Micheal C. KaufmannWASHINGTON (August 21, 2013)–Michael C. Kaufmann, chief executive officer of the Pharmaceutical Segment at Cardinal Health, will deliver the keynote address at the College of Pharmacy’s 13th Annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, August 23, 2013.The White Coat Ceremony marks the culmination of week-long orientation, professional development and induction program offerings for incoming Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) students (Class of 2017).

Mr. Kaufmann’s speech will focus on the importance of professionalism and professional development in the field of pharmacy sciences.

“Throughout his career Mike has been and continues to be a stalwart advocate for diversity and continuing education. His professional and personal commitment to the advancement of the field will certainly lend itself to an informative and thought-provoking lecture” said Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D, R.Ph., Dean of the College of Pharmacy.

Since its inception, the White Coat Ceremony has served as the primary professional induction activity for first-year students. During the ceremony, students take the Oath of the Pharmacist, and make a public declaration to adhere to the professional and ethical standards of the profession. It marks the first of a curriculum wide initiative by the College to integrate professionalism and professional development throughout the PharmD curriculum.

 The White Coat Ceremony has long been supported by alumni, the Howard University Alumni Association-Pharmacy Alumni Association and the generous support of individual and institutional donors, including Cardinal Health.

“Cardinal Health and its staff provide both their time and financial resources to help the College achieve its mission and vision.  Aida Sabo, vice president of diversity and inclusion and Craig Ruffin, Pharm.D, MBA, a senior pharmacist at Cardinal Health, serve on the College’s  Board of Visitors and provide valuable advice and guidance to administrators here at the College,” said Canute Knott-Malcolm, MPH, director of Development.

Mr. Kaufman’s generous acceptance of the offer to deliver the keynote is further evidence of Cardinal Health’s commitment to the field and to the College of Pharmacy.

This year’s ceremony is also sponsored by CVS.

The 13th annual White Coat Ceremony will take place Friday, August 23,2013 at 5 p.m. in Room 3019 (The Red Room) in the College of Medicine, located at 520 W. Street NW, Washington, DC 20059. To RSVP, please email Canute Knott-Malcolm, MPH, director of Development at canute.malcolm@howard.edu.For more ,click here>>



The College of Pharmacy's mission is to provide pharmaceutical education of excellent quality to students with high academic, scholarship and leadership potential, with particular emphasis on the recruitment, retention and graduation of African-American and ethnically diverse students. The principle goals of the college are to recruit, train and educate those students to assume leadership roles in pharmacy; to produce skilled pharmaceutical care practitioners, proficient pharmaceutical scientists and competent educators to meet the challenges of the profession and society; to recruit and retain faculty dedicated to teach and mentor students, conduct research and pursue other scholarly activities, and to provide postgraduate and continuing professional education and community services that will enhance the quality of pharmaceutical care.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.

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