The countless hours spent writing papers, conducting and presenting research, and collaborating with peers on all manners of academic work are coming to an end for hundreds of University of the Sciences students, whose academic accomplishments are the focus of the upcoming conferment and commencement ceremonies.
The 193rd Annual Commencement Ceremony for USciences is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, inside the Liacouras Center. More than 400 degrees will be conferred during this year’s ceremony, including an honorary doctor of science degree to alumnus Lawrence Liberti P’76, MS’78, whose leadership roles in advancing health technology have allowed for improved regulations in aspects of medicinal development.
Lawrence Liberti, P’76, MS’78
Executive Director, CIRS-the Centre for Innovation in Regulatory Science, London UK
Since 2009, Lawrence Liberti P’76, MS’78 has served as the executive director of the Centre for Innovation in Regulatory Science (CIRS), an independent division of the intellectual property and science business of Thomson Reuters. CIRS’s mission is to maintain a leadership role in identifying and applying scientific principles for the purpose of advancing regulatory and health technology assessment policies and processes in developing and facilitating access to medicinal products.
Liberti is involved with promulgating best practices in the regulatory aspects of medicines development, especially in the emerging markets. He lectures on regulatory issues concerning expediting patient access to medicines, new paradigms of drug development, and ways to improve communications between regulators and sponsors.
Liberti has worked in the fields of regulatory affairs and clinical research and development (R&D) since 1978. He began at Wyeth Laboratories in product development, as a regulatory writer in clinical R&D and manager of safety surveillance in medical affairs. He served as the editorial director for the North American operations of Adis International and founded Pharmaceutical Information Associates (PIA) Ltd., specializing in regulatory writing and consulting. He also co-founded Astrolabe Analytica and helped develop a patented message mapping system. Both PIA and Astrolabe Analytica became part of Thomson in 2005.
In addition to his pharmacy degree, Liberti received an MS in pharmocognosy from University of the Sciences. He is a member of Rho Chi and a fellow of the American Medical Writers Association. His wife Geraldine (Coyle) Liberti earned a BS in Pharmacy from USciences in 1978. They have three children.
The 2013-14 academic year also marks the third bachelor’s degree conferment ceremony for students in the master of occupational therapy (MOT), doctor of physical therapy (DPT), and doctor of pharmacy programs (PharmD).
This year's bachelor’s degree conferment ceremony will be held Friday, May 16, beginning at noon in the University's Bobby Morgan Arena of the Athletic/Recreation Center. Those recognized include students currently enrolled in professional degree programs that entered the University as a student in 2010, or transferred into their program before earning a bachelor’s degree.
Featured speaker, alumnus William Ellis P’85, MS, RPh will address students, faculty, and families as they gather to celebrate the continued success of these students.
William Ellis P’85, MS, RPh
Executive Director, Board of Pharmacy Specialties
William Ellis currently serves as executive director for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) in Washington, DC. BPS identifies and recognizes pharmacy specialty practice areas; sets standards for the certification and recertification of pharmacy specialists; and objectively evaluates individuals seeking certification and recertification. BPS now recognizes eight pharmacy specialties and has issued board certification to over 19,000 pharmacists worldwide.
Ellis is also chair of the Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy which provides leadership, guidance, public information, and coordination for the profession of pharmacy's credentialing programs. He has recently been appointed a commissioner to the National Commission on Certifying Agencies which helps ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety of certification programs/organizations that assess professional competence.
He has compiled more than 25 years of leadership experience serving as executive vice president for the Pennsylvania Society of Health-System Pharmacists (1986-97) and as CEO and executive director of the American Pharmacists Association Foundation (1997-2011).
Following his pharmacy degree from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Ellis completed an executive residency with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 1986 and earned his master of science degree in health education from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 1994. He is currently also serving as the chair of PCP’s board of visitors.