SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington State University Pharmacy Professor William E. Fassett has received the Washington State Pharmacy Association’s annual award for “pioneering and sustaining contributions” to the pharmacy profession.

Fassett was among those honored at the WSPA’s annual awards banquet held recently in Tacoma.

Fassett is a former dean of the WSU College of Pharmacy – from 1999 to 2005 – and has since taught pharmacy law and ethics in the Department of Pharmacotherapy in Spokane. He is editor of the two official national journals of the American Society for Pharmacy Law – Rx Ipsa Loquitur and Pharma-Law e-News – and also serves as treasurer of that organization.

Fassett also chairs the editorial panel on law, medicine and ethics of the journal Annals of Pharmacotherapy , and he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association and American Health & Drug Benefits.

Before arriving at WSU, he was on faculty at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a registered pharmacist and has a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from UW, an MBA from the University of Puget Sound, and a Ph.D. in leadership and policy studies from the UW. In addition to his position at WSU, he is an adjunct faculty member at the UW school of pharmacy and was previously an adjunct professor at the University of Florida college of pharmacy where he taught a graduate course in ethics.

Fassett is president-elect of the American Pharmacist Association’s Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science, and is executive vice president of the Spokane Pharmacy Association..

The Rodney D. Shafer Award is named after the CEO of the WSPA and it acknowledges a pharmacy professional who has made pioneering and sustaining contributions to the profession.