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University of the Sciences Announces Samuel R. Wetherill IV P’97, PharmD as New Trustee

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on October 11, 2019

University of the Sciences has named Samuel R. Wetherill IV P’97, PharmD to its board of trustees, Board Chairman Marvin Samson announced. Responsibilities of the University’s board include, but are not limited to, approving the University’s strategic plans and ensuring their consistency with the institution’s mission and goals.

Dr. Wetherill is currently the Corporate Director, Pharmacy Services for Christiana Care Health System and is retired from the US Army Reserves with more than 22 years experience in a variety of operational pharmacy and management roles. Prior to his current position, he served as the Director of Pharmacy Supply Chain/Automation and as the Director of Inpatient Operations at the Christiana Care WIlmington Campus. Dr. Wetherill also serves as a preceptor for pharmacy students at Thomas Jefferson University and USciences. He remains an active member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

Dr. Wetherill is a decorated military officer. He was stationed in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Ft. Benning Georgia, eventually rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  During his military career, Dr. Wetherill received a variety of medals and service ribbons. After his active duty time, Dr. Wetherill stayed active in the US Army Reserves. His last position prior to retirement was at Ft. Dix, NJ, where he spent 5 years as a Command and General Staff College Instructor. He was named US Army Reserve Pharmacist of the Year in 2013.

In addition to his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from USciences in 1997, Dr. Wetherill earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Florida in 2008. Dr. Wetherill also has a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Simmons College and a Masters in Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management from Penn State University, respectively.

Dr. Wetherill is the son of the late Col. S. Rogers Wetherill, III, P'68, MS, who served on USciences’ Board of Trustees for many years. Like his father, Dr. Wetherill has been an active member of the USciences alumni association and a friend of the University. 

The profound connection the Wetherill’s share with the University dates back to its founding in 1821, when four Wetherill men and 64 other apothecaries composed the list of the original founders of the college. Samuel Price Wetherill, one of the four Wetherill founders, was the first chairman of the board of trustees. In later years, other Wetherill family members have become alumni of the institution and have served on the board.

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