SPOKANE – A pharmacy professor at WSU has been named “Faculty Liaison of the Year” by the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Linda Garrelts MacLean, clinical associate professor of pharmacy at WSU Spokane and chair of the Department of Pharmacotherapy, was presented with a trophy and $1,000 on Oct. 14, at NCPA’s 109th Annual Convention andTrade Exposition in Anaheim, Calif.

“Educating and inspiring the next generation of pharmacists is the greatest commitment you can make to the profession,” said Charles M. West, president of the NCPA Foundation. “Linda Garrelts MacLean’s dedication to her students and to independent pharmacy is outstanding, and we are pleased to recognize her important and
ongoing contributions with this award.”

MacLean has been faculty advisor for the three WSU student teams that have entered and been successful in the NCPA annual student business plan competition, which began in 2004. A WSU team took second place in 2004, first place in 2006, and second place in the competition held Sunday in Anaheim.

MacLean was advisor this year to four students from the class of 2009 – Jacqueline Eide, Iris Kim, David White and Drew Yancey. Their second place win on Sunday earned them $2,000 for their student chapter and $2,000 for a College fund for promoting independent pharmacy.

MacLean is a 1978 WSU pharmacy graduate, a registered pharmacist and the previous co-owner of Jones Pharmacy in Spokane. She has been a part-time faculty member at the college since 1984, and joined the faculty full-time in May 2006. She is now chair of the Department of Pharmacotherapy and teaches a course in over-the-counter medications. She has been active in the NCPA.