$30 million pharmacy gift will create special center
"Today's pharmacist must be an astute business entrepreneur as well as a trusted health-care provider," DiPiro said. "Rapid and fundamental changes to the healthcare system will emphasize this need. Teaching innovation in pharmacy practice means preparing students to have the ability to adapt, anticipate and succeed in an ever-changing environment."
The center will be housed in the Coker Life Sciences and Discovery I buildings on the USC campus. The location at Discovery I, in USC's Innovista research campus, is a natural fit for the Kennedy Center, Pastides said.
"The Kennedy Center reflects what Innovista is all about," President Pastides said. "It will be a place for creativity and research and discovery and tap into the entrepreneurial and intellectual resources of the Moore School and the scientists associated with the Centers of Economic Excellence."
The center's programs will be open to all SCCP students, including those based at the Medical University of South Carolina and at Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center via the college's distance education program.
The Kennedy's gift is the second-largest to Carolina. In 2004, USC alumna Darla Moore announced plans for a $45 million gift to the Moore School of Business if the school raised $30 million in funds beyond the university's institutional commitment of $15 million. The school exceeded its goal, raising $42.4 million in gifts, pledges and in-kind donations.