Latiolais Leadership Program Begins New Tradition

Daniel Helfand

commemorative plaques from the Health-System Pharmacy Administration graduationOn May 14, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy’s Latiolais Leadership Program began a new tradition for current students and alumni alike by holding a reception to recognize this year’s students receiving their Master of Science degree in Health-System Administration.

The Master of Science in Health-System Pharmacy Administration program at Ohio State was established in 1959 by Dr. Clifton Latiolais and has graduated more than 200 students. The program specializes in teaching students pharmacy management, with many graduates of the program nationally recognized in Health-System Pharmacy.

“My vision is to establish the excellence that Clif laid down when he started this program,” said Professor Jay Mirtallo, who oversees the program. “I think our program reflects the high standards we hold our students to, and our graduates come out of here ready to make changes to the profession and give back.” 

The eight graduates were Joseph Bonkowski, Jordan Counts, Drew Luder, Kyle Mulloy, Ryan Naseman, Michael O’ Connor, Brad Petersen and Benjamin Phillip.  All the graduates were presented with commemorative plaques at the ceremony in honor of their achievement.

photo from the Master of Science in Health-System Pharmacy Administration graduation

After all the plaques were distributed, the Timothy D. Moore Award was presented to Jordan Counts of this year’s graduating class. The award is presented in memory of alumnus and former University Hospital Pharmacy Director and Administrator Timothy Moore and is given to an outstanding graduate of the program. The award recognizes a graduate with strong communication skills, academic standing and a research project that will have a meaningful impact.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized as a part of Tim’s legacy,” said Counts. “I have heard a lot of great things about Tim, and it’s truly humbling to be honored in memory of a person who gave back so much to OSU students and others.”

Before Counts made his way to accept his award, he stopped to shake the hand of Timothy Moore’s widow, Sherry Moore. Sherry helped establish the endowed award along with other family members.

“This award keeps Tim’s memory alive,” said Moore. “He loved pharmacy and to be a part of this university. The award helps further people’s careers by getting their names out there and providing funding to support their futures.”

To close out the ceremony, Robert Weber, senior director of pharmaceutical services at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and assistant dean for Medical Center Affairs at the College of Pharmacy, took a line from President Gee that he says at every graduation, “Farewell, and I hope you fair well.”

“The significance of a day like today is to imprint Dr. Latiolais on all of our graduates,” said Weber. “The plaques we hand out to our graduates are a reminder to carry on Dr. Latiolais’s teachings and guidance into their work, wherever they may go. “