Arlington, Va. – In recognition of a career dedicated to the advancement of public health, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation announces a gift of $50,000 to the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy to establish the Anthony N. Civello Pharmacy Scholarship.

Civello’s leadership spans nearly five decades serving the pharmacy and chain drug industry.  He joined the NACDS Board of Directors in 1998 and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2005-2007. He also served on the NACDS Foundation Board from 2003 – 2013.

This gift to the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy honors Civello’s leadership and commitment to the NACDS Foundation.  It is the Foundation’s hope that this fund will help support promising students engaged in meaningful patient-care research.

Civello was instrumental in realigning the Foundation’s vision and mission to focus on evidence-based research that advances public health.  Since 2010, the NACDS Foundation has invested more than $3 million into groundbreaking research initiatives with partners such as Harvard University, the University of Iowa, and The University of Nebraska Medical Center, among many others.

“We are pleased to recognize Tony’s vision for the advancement of public health through this scholarship gift.  There is no finer person and no finer leader worthy of this honor,” said NACDS Foundation Chairman Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE.   “I read somewhere that people should strive not only to be successful, but to be ‘people of value.’  Tony Civello has been both.  However I would like to edit that to read that people like Tony are people with values – with an ‘s’ – whose character is of the highest integrity.”

Dean Patricia Kroboth of the University of Pittsburgh remembers conversations with Tony Civello that date back to the early 1990s. “Tony has long had the vision of pharmacists as health care providers; through his endeavors, he has changed the face of community pharmacy. We are proud to call him a Distinguished Alumnus of our School of Pharmacy and Legacy Laureate of the University and are thrilled to connect our community-research focused student pharmacists to Tony Civello’s legacy through the scholarship that carries his name.”

Chairman, President and CEO of Kerr Drug, Inc. Anthony Civello stated, “I am deeply honored to receive this scholarship designation.  This is an important opportunity to serve both the mission of the NACDS’ Foundation, and give back to my alma mater in helping pharmacy students engage in meaningful research focusing on patient-centered care.”

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