The campus was formally known as the Durell Peaden Jr. Education Center. However,
in the summer of 2020, the FAMU Board of Trustees, at the recommendation of Dr. Johnnie
L. Early, II, Dean of the CoPPS, IPH approved the center's renaming to the "Durell
Peaden Jr. Rural Pharmacy Education Campus." The name change to this site was to honor
the late legislator Durell Peaden Jr., and it also emphasizes the educational role
of the campus rather than the city where it is located. The late Senator and Doctor
Durell Peaden Jr. was a member of the Florida legislator from 2002 to 2010. Senator
Peaden, the City of Crestview, Mayor David Cadle, the City Council, Florida A&M University,
and the Florida legislators worked to obtain the funds necessary for the establishment
and the recurring financial support of a college of pharmacy in Senator Peaden's hometown
of Crestview, Florida.
Today, the Peaden Campus is the only college of pharmacy in Florida, located west
of Tallahassee. This Campus makes it possible for learners in the Northwestern part
of Florida to obtain a Doctor of Pharmacy degree without traveling too far from home.
The Peaden Campus is a distance-learning campus, and learners enrolled range from
their First Professional Year (P1) through their Fourth Professional Year (P4). The
maximum class size of 30 learners is expected per academic class.The primary mode
of didactic instruction and interaction with professors is video conferencing. Learners
are linked via synchronous distance-learning technology and receive didactic instruction
simultaneously with main campus learners in real-time. Although learners enrolled
at the Peaden Campus do not attend classes in Tallahassee, they still benefit from
tutoring, advising, scholarships, grants, and loans afforded to a learner who attends
the main campus.
Peaden Campus learners use their classroom skills to serve the Crestview community.
The learners also organize one of the biggest annual community health fairs in the
city to celebrate Pharmacy Week with sponsorship from local businesses. Faculty, preceptors,
and learners provide free screening for hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia,
HIV, and vaccination in collaboration with local pharmacies and health care professionals.
The campus averages 125,000 hours of community service each year.
For further information contact:
Durell Peaden Jr. Rural Education Campus:
153 W. Woodruff Avenue
Crestview, FL 32536
Campus Dean and Director: Margareth Larose-Pierre, Pharm.D, RPh
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org