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Pharmacy Professor Hancock Named Helen Gillespie Ferris Distinguished Woman Leader

Kim HancockProfessor of Pharmaceutical Services Kim Hancock, a graduate of Ferris' College of Pharmacy, has been named the Helen Gillespie Ferris Distinguished Woman Leader for 2019. This is the third year the Ferris Women's Network has presented the award, with Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Trinidy Williams selected in 2017 and Biology Professor Olukemi Fadayomi chosen in 2018.

A professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences who has made significant contributions to Ferris State University outside the classroom will be recognized in April as Kim Hancock has been named the 2019 Helen Gillespie Ferris Distinguished Woman Leader.

Hancock is a 1988 Ferris College of Pharmacy graduate who joined the university’s faculty in 1995. Hancock said she was thankful to be selected by the Awards and Recognition Committee of the Ferris Women’s Network, which is supported by the university’s Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Paul Blake. Hancock serves as the university’s faculty athletic representative and has more than 20 years in an advisory role with the Alpha Iota chapter of Lambda Kappa Sigma, the nation’s oldest professional fraternity focused on women in pharmacy.

Hancock is also proud of her opportunity to provide leadership within the College of Pharmacy.

“I was privileged to have served in leadership roles in the Department of Pharmaceutical Services,” Hancock said. “I feel it is important to look out for my peers as well as our students in any grouping or configuration. They should be made aware of and receive all of the opportunities and offers of support that the university makes available to them.”

Hancock also made a recent offer of time and service as a faculty liaison for a grant-funded campus safety project.

“I am pleased, over the last several months, to have served as a member of Ferris’ Anti-Violence Coalition thanks to my varied affiliations,” Hancock said. “That includes helping the organizers become more acquainted with the university’s athletic programs, Greek life organizations and the College of Pharmacy. In time, all these facets of the university community will be able to learn about and benefit from this important awareness and training program.”

Hancock and other award-winning faculty and staff members were to be welcomed at a celebratory dinner hosted by Blake and Academic Senate President Sandra Alspach on Monday, April 15. The Helen Gillespie Ferris award will be presented at the Employee Service Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 24. The Ferris Women’s Network will also nominate Hancock for the Michigan Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Award, which is presented yearly by the Michigan ACE Women’s Network. The 2019 meeting will be held June 3-4 in Lansing.