CoPPS, IPH Administrators say the rebrand symbolizes a more excellent vision for the future
On Thursday, June 4, 2020, the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees approved the rebrand of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health (FAMU CoPPS, IPH). This decision to rebrand the school was voted on by the faculty and staff of the College.
CoPPS, IPH Dean, Dr. Johnnie Early, II, initially proposed the name changes. Dean Early said, “In keeping with the University’s strategic plan of “FAMU Forward,” developing a name that is fully representative of the College’s focus will illustrate FAMU and the College’s strategic priorities.”
Associate Dean and Director of the Institute of Public Health, Dr. Cynthia Harris, states that “This name change elevates the Institute of Public Health and facilitates evolution to an autonomous School of Public Health – as intended in the University Strategic Plan.”
Equally important to the rebrand with the Institute of Public Health, each regional instructional site was also rebranded. The regional pharmacy sites have a rich history of training student pharmacists. The rebranded names are South Florida Pharmacy Practice Center (located in Davie, FL), Northeast Florida Pharmacy Practice Center (located in Jacksonville, FL), and Central Florida Pharmacy Practice Center (located in the Tampa/Orlando Florida area). At the regional site’s students receive clinical training in a variety of medical settings and gain invaluable experience in applying academic knowledge to real-life situations.
“It is important to name the experiential sites to reflect terminology relevant to the academic pharmacy,” said dean Early. Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Dr. Jocelyn Spates, says, “The name change from instructional sites to regional pharmacy practice centers encapsulates the primary location and focus of the facilities. This rebrand is just one step in moving our college to the next level.”
Finally, the Rural Diversity Education Center in the City of Crestview, Florida was renamed the Durell Peaden Jr. Education Center in 2016 for the late Senator Durell Peaden Jr. He took the initiative and worked tirelessly with the City of Crestview, Mayor David Cadle, the City Council, Florida A&M University, and the Florida legislators to obtain the funds necessary for the establishment and operation of the program. In this recent effort, the pharmacy site in Crestview was rebranded to the Durell Peaden Jr. Rural Pharmacy Education Campus. Dean Early said the name change to this site was to honor the late legislator Durell Peaden Jr., This change also emphasizes the educational role of the site rather than the city where the campus is located.
“Renaming the campus in honor of the late Senator Peaden and his family reminds us that the work that he started in the City of Crestview continues,” stated Dr. Margareth Larose-Pierre, associate dean and director of the Durell Peaden Jr. Rural Pharmacy Education Campus.