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BY [Brian LUCAS, DM]

Celebrates 65th Anniversary The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS) has made enormous strides in 65 years. But its success spans more than the arenas of teaching and training. Since its inception, faculty, staff, and students in the College have been discovering and innovating solutions to today’s health problems, and reaching deep into the community by offering multiple programs to bridge the health care gap in underserved communities.

Most recently, the College received notification from the American Association of Colleges and Pharmacies (AACP) that its faculty led the state in National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, thus exceeding all of the state’s pharmacy programs to include the University of Florida, University of South Florida, Nova University, and Palm Beach Atlantic University. In terms of surrounding states, COPPS faculty also secured more NIH funding than faculty at institutions such as Samford University, Auburn University, and the University of Georgia. “If you look at the level of productivity we’ve had and look at 65 years from graduating a class of two people and being housed in Jones Hall to now completing the construction of another phase of our own pharmacy building and leading the State in NIH funding, you can see that we as a College have made tremendous leaps and bounds,” said COPPS

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SERVANT LEADERSHIP4 Assistant Dean Carl Goodman, Ph.D. (left), Dean Michael Thompson, Pharm.D. (center), and Associate Dean Shawn Spencer, Ph.D. (right) have each played a pivotal role in the success of FAMU’s pharmacy programs and outreach initiatives.

Dean Michael D. Thompson, Pharm.D. To celebrate the excellence that has led to such accolades as the College being praised for graduating the most African-American Ph.D.s in pharmaceutical sciences, Thompson is planning a 65th Anniversary Reunion, August 25-28. A few of the planned anniversary activities include the dedication of the new research building, an induction ceremony for newly installed members of the College of Pharmacy Alumni Gallery of Distinction, and the weekend will culminate with a formal gala and fundraiser hosted by Christopher “Play” Martin. While the College has stood on a solid foundation for more than six decades, Thompson said that flexibility is the key to its continued success. “We have to continue to adapt because the profession is changing, so we are gearing up to meet those needs,” Thompson said. Thompson believes adapting won’t be a 4

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