Many would agree that the predictor of the future is the past. The same can be said when identifying potential leaders. A great example of this is Michael Conner ’12. He completed his doctor of pharmacy at Pacific in 2012 and is already serving in leadership roles in the community.
Conner served as the Vice President for Student Affairs on the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) – Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) executive board from 2010-2011. During his time at Pacific, he led the students in a marketing campaign for American Pharmacists Month which ultimately earned them the APhA Chapter Policy and Legislative Award.
Currently, he serves as the President for the Fresno-Madera Pharmacists Association which is now transitioning and unifying with other local chapters to become the Central Valley Pharmacists Association. In addition, he is an Executive Team Leader – Pharmacy for Target in Clovis.
In recognition of his academic and leadership excellence, Connor received multiple scholarships and he credits this generosity that he received with helping him achieve success. Conner was the recipient of the Richard Giambruno Scholarship, Ralph L. Saroyan Endowment Scholarship, John F. “Jack” Schlegel Leadership Scholarship, Helen Rowland Memorial Scholarship for Innovative Leadership, Rick Friedmann Senior Achievement Award, and Pacific Pharmacy Alumni Association Senior Award.
“This support not only aided me in my pursuit of professional and leadership development; it encouraged and inspired me to influence those around me. Without this support, I would not have had the growth I so very much needed,” he said.
Through his networks, he also built relationships at Pacific that have influenced his personal and professional life. Conner maintains a close relationship with Ralph Saroyan ‘64, Emeritus Faculty, of whom he said,“No words, no matter how eloquent, can appropriately explain the positive impact that he made in my life”. He has become a dear friend, mentor, brother, and father all-in-one.” Saroyan and Conner are brothers of Phi Delta Chi.
Another person who was instrumental in guiding Conner’s career was Dr. Donald Floriddia ‘71 who served as the faculty advisor for ASP and “fought for us (students) and encouraged us to become innovative leaders.”
As he continues to lead in his professional roles, he is also working on completing a master in business administration. “I’d like to start my own business that focuses on helping people maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit where I can prescribe exercise, nutrition therapy, and medications all in one large facility,” said Conner.
By Dua Her '09