2011 UW Honorary Citation Report – Muren

Citation recipient Dr. Jim Muren and Dean Jeanette Roberts

Citation recipient Dr. Jim Muren (left) and Dean Jeanette Roberts (right)

Dr. James “Jim” Muren earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois School of Pharmacy and his PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. Jim retired as Vice President of Manufacturing from Pfizer after 34 years as a research chemist, new product development manager and manufacturing executive.

Early research projects resulted in the discovery of two novel psychotherapeutic drugs: thiothixene (Navane) and doxepin (Sinequan). After a mid-career change from research to manufacturing, he directed the startup and operation of the Pfizer pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico.

Along the way, Jim founded the Puerto Rico Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association, and served on numerous community boards and commissions including the Kansas City Economic Development Commission, East Lyme (CT) board of education and the Lee’s Summit (MO) Community Hospital. He currently serves on the board of directors of Mitchell College in New London CT and Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara CA.

Jim also served on the School of Pharmacy Board of Visitors during the period when Rennebohm Hall was conceived and was instrumental in visioning and fund raising for this effort. Jim and his wife Terri divide their time between Stonington CT and New York City.