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Pharmacy Alumnus Phillips Honored by Ferris with Pacesetter Award

Shaun PhillipsShaun Phillips, assistant vice president of Clinical and Ambulatory Services at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, has been honored by his alma mater with the Ferris State University Pacesetter Award.

Phillips, who graduated from Ferris in 2001 with a Doctor of Pharmacy, also serves as director of Bronson Battle Creek's Pharmacy Residency Program. He received the award during the Ferris Alumni Association's annual spring reunion in May at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Big Rapids.

The association's tradition of recognizing outstanding graduates is an important one, said Jeremy Mishler, director of Alumni Relations.

"This recognition helps to highlight exceptional examples of the career and community service success and fulfillment already achieved by our recent graduates that our students and fellow graduates can aspire to and be proud of," Mishler said. "It also keeps many of the next generation of our leading alumni connected to the university's faculty and administration in a way that supports Ferris through their expertise, professional networks and personal philanthropy."

Phillips recently was selected to participate in the Pharmacy Leadership Academy, a year-long leadership training program designed and conducted by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation, set to begin this summer. His professional achievements also include selection to the ASHP's Pharmacy Leadership Institute and as the Michigan representative for the Great Lakes Young Leaders in Pharmacy Conference. He also was elected vice chair and chairman of Trinity Health Pharmacy Council.

His civic activities include frequent presentations on medication safety to various community groups, including the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Native American Tribe Group of Elders and the Burham Brook Senior Center of Battle Creek. He also is a member of the Battle Creek chapter of Rotary International, is active on several committees and was elected board secretary for the Regional Medical Laboratory of Battle Creek.

Phillips' commitment to his alma mater is exemplified by his involvement in development of the Maude Bigford Scholarship fund, his 2005-06 vice chairmanship of the College of Pharmacy Experiential Curriculum Committee, his active participation in Ferris' Pharmacy Education Development and Learning Series, and his role as an adjunct professor in the College of Pharmacy.

"Ferris has indeed trained me well for my chosen industry and has given me every opportunity possible to excel in pharmacy and healthcare leadership," Phillips said. "I thank Ferris for my education and for this Pacesetter award."

Phillips, whose resume includes a long list of peer-reviewed papers, published abstracts and presentations, earned a Masters of Business Administration in 2012 from Michigan State University's Eli Broad Graduate School of Management. He is in the process of seeking his private pilot's license.

He lives in Battle Creek with his wife, Yanny, and their three daughters.

The Ferris Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Distinguished Alumni Awards Committee established the Pacesetter Award in 1998. The award is designed to recognize more recently graduated alumni who, while pursuing their professional endeavors, are "setting the pace" for more recent Ferris alumni to be involved with their communities and the university.
The award is given to alumni who demonstrate leadership and service to their profession, community, service organizations and to the university. Ferris alumni who have graduated within the past 13 years are eligible for the award.

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