2009 UW Honorary Citation Report – Kirk


Citation recipient Dr. Ken Kirk (left) with Dean Jeanette Roberts (right)

Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Kirk earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at Ferris State University and his MS and PhD in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Kirk started his academic career after graduation at UW as Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Administration and Extension Services in Pharmacy. His career path led him to a variety of academic positions at Purdue University and the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Kirk joined the National Association of Chain Drug Stores in 1993, serving as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Secretary of the NACDS Education Foundation. In 1995, he returned to academia as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and he served in this position until his retirement in 2006.

Over his long and distinguished career, Dr. Kirk made a significant impact with his contributions to the literature and numerous presentations in the general areas of social and administrative pharmacy. He has been the recipient of a number of awards for teaching excellence; his former graduate students have made significant contributions to academic pharmacy and pharmacy practice as well.