By H.W. “Ted” Matthews
About two years ago, we developed a tagline for the College of Pharmacy that I believed conveyed a truth, commitment and aspiration. The tagline was “Leading the Way.” I was initially concerned that it would mistakenly convey an arrogance on our part. This concerned me because those who know me know that I value humility. Also, as a scientist, I knew the tagline was not an absolute, as other pharmacy schools have also led in very significant and meaningful ways.
But I increasingly warmed up to the tagline because I thought it represented an abiding ethos within our College community, one that I cannot take credit for creating. At times, we have led in significant ways because our alumni, faculty and students seem to embrace excellence as a calling for servant leadership in health care. Indeed, many of our alumni, faculty and students seem compelled to lead in the service of others rather than take a far easier road of complacency.
Consider a few of our current achievements:
- John T. Sherrer, B.S. Pharm., ’77, is president-elect of the National Community Pharmacists Association, the national organization founded in 1898 dedicated to the continuing growth and prosperity of the 23,000 independent community pharmacies in the United States. John is also the past president of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Pharmacy Association.
- Sharon F. Clackum, B.S. Pharm., ’80, Pharm.D., ’81,is president-elect of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the only international professional society devoted to optimal medication management and improved health outcomes for all older persons.
- Pamala S. Marquess, Pharm.D., ’93, is president of the Georgia Pharmacy Association’s Board of Directors. GPhA is a leading voice of pharmacy in the state of Georgia.
- Our faculty have received 27 appointments to state and national organizations.
- Almost 10% of our faculty are members of journal editorial review boards.
- About 23% of our faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences now have NIH funding.
- Third-year student Thomas Sherrer is president-elect of the National Community Pharmacists Association & Student Leadership Council.
- Third-year student Brian Donahue was recently re-elected as national member-at-large of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists.
- This year, our students participated in 36 international clinical rotations, traveling to every continent in the world except Antarctica.
- One of our graduate students received the prestigious American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Pre-doctoral Fellowships.
These achievements help personify a tagline that emerged in recognition of how we have served over the last century – from 1903 to the present. It’s also a reminder of our commitment and aspiration to always lead with excellence and honor. To all those alumni, faculty and students who accepted the call both today and in years past, I thank you for leading the way. Keep up the good work!
H.W. “Ted” Matthews