American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Announces Lee Vermeulen as Incoming EVP/CEO

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Announces Lee Vermeulen as Incoming EVP/CEO

AACP new hire Lee Vermeulen

Washington, D.C. (April 11, 2022) – The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) recently introduced Lee Vermeulen, M.S., FCCP, FFIP, as their incoming Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2022. He will be AACP’s seventh EVP/CEO to date.

Vermeulen has 28 years of experience in pharmacy and academia. For the past two years, Vermeulen has served as the Chief Efficiency Officer at University of Kentucky (UK) HealthCare. In his executive role, he is responsible for the development and oversight of enterprise-wide efforts to improve operational efficiency of care across three hospitals, 80 specialized clinics, 140 outreach programs, and a staff of 11,000 physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and healthcare workers. His initiatives involve multiple clinical areas and require working closely with the leadership of the university and its academic health system, UK HealthCare.

Vermeulen is also a medicine and pharmacy professor at the University of Kentucky. His academic work focuses on the development and implementation of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and clinical decision support tools that drive the efficient delivery of high-quality health care.

About AACP

AACP is the leading advocate for high-quality pharmacy education. The organization works to develop strong academic scholars and leaders, support excellent professional doctoral and postgraduate degree programs, and build relationships with key constituency groups both inside and external to the profession of pharmacy.

Pharmacy is a central part of an evolving, collaborative healthcare ecosystem. AACP is the home of pharmacy education and plays a key role envisioning and shaping the future of professional education in pharmacy and its role in influencing the direction of the profession. The organization is innovative and forward-thinking, promoting research and collaboration across disciplines. The strategic plan has helped move the organization toward access and equity and has strengthened the organization’s commitment to diversity. AACP has evolved with the times and is committed to meeting new challenges and opportunities.

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