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Donald M. Messina, Former President of NH Pharmacists' Association, Recognized by MCPHS.

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Bedford Resident, Naval Reserve Veteran, To Be Awarded College Medal

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has announced that Bedford resident Donald M. Messina (BSP, '55, RPh) will be the recipient of the College Medal at the Worcester Commencement ceremony on Friday, June 16.

MCPHS President Charles F. Monahan Jr. cited Messina's strong leadership record and distinguished service to his country in announcing the honor. "Don has served both his alma mater and the United States proud for more than a half-century, and this is our way of officially recognizing hard work and dedication," Monahan said.

Messina, upon graduating from MCPHS, began a career with Eli Lilly & Co. that spanned 25 years, and has worked extensively in the areas of diabetes management and education. Messina is the former President of the New Hampshire Pharmacists' Association, and has also served in several key roles for the College, working with Alumni Association, Presidential Advisory Committee, College Corporation, and as an officer in the New Hampshire Alumni Chapter. He also played a central role in the establishment of the College's Manchester campus in 2002.

Messina has held positions as a Commander in the United States Navy Reserve, President of the Alan B. Shepard Chapter of the Naval Reserve Association, Blue and Gold Officer of the United States Naval Academy, Founder and First Commanding Officer of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Division in Manchester, New Hampshire, and Regional Director of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps of New England.

His previous honors include the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Alumni Achievement Award, Robin's Bowl of Hygeia Award, Phi Delta Chi Alumni Achievement Award and Eli Lilly & Company Sales Leadership Award.

The MCPHS College Medal is awarded periodically to an alumnus or friend of the college who has made extraordinary contributions to both the institution and the communities it serves. The Worcester Commencement exercises will be held Friday, June 16 at 10AM at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass.

MCPHS - www.mcphs.edu

Founded in 1823, The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, with campuses in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts and Manchester, New Hampshire, is home to the largest pharmacy program in the United States. Today, in addition to its traditional programs in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, the college offers a growing list of health-related degree programs including nursing, physician assistant studies, radiologic sciences, health psychology, pre-medical and health studies, and dental hygiene.
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