Cynthia Boyle named interim dean of pharmacy & health professions
ANNE, MD – (Aug. 1, 2014) – Dr. Cynthia Boyle has been
appointed interim dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at the
University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Boyle, who joined the
UMES faculty in 2011, takes on the administrative duties as the university
conducts a national search for a dean.
“This is a wonderful
opportunity to serve the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions,” she said.
“With dynamic changes in health care in our nation, we are proud to educate
professionals for America’s health care teams.”
In addition to
pharmacy, Boyle will oversee academic departments offering allied health degrees
in physician assistant studies, physical therapy, exercise science and
Dr. Patrick Liverpool,
UMES’ interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, made the
announcement of Boyle’s appointment.
“Dr. Boyle brings a
wealth of experience as a front-line educator and as an administrator to an
important leadership post here at UMES,” Liverpool said. “President Juliette
Bell and I are confident she will continue building on the solid foundation we
have established educating future generations of health care professionals.”
Boyle noted she and her
faculty colleagues believe “Team-based health care will move from
fee-for-service to payment for quality outcomes, which assure improved access,
improved health, and decreased cost.”
“For our students,” she
said, “we will commit to preparing them for core competencies for
inter-professional practice in the areas of values and ethics, roles and
responsibilities, communication and teams/teamwork.”
“I look forward to
working with students, faculty, professional staff, alumni, campus colleagues
and citizens in our endeavors,” Boyle said.
Boyle has served as
professor and chair of UMES’ Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration.
She graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, where she was Executive Director for
its experiential learning program. During her career, she also has practiced in
community and institutional settings as well as done consulting work.
Boyle is president-elect
of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), a professional
organization she has served in many capacities, including as Speaker of its
House of Delegates. She has received a
variety of national and local awards, including the AACP Crystal APPLE award
for contributions to learning excellence in experiential education and the
American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Francke Leadership Mentor Award. Along with co-editors Drs. Robert Beardsley
and Gary Matzke, Boyle earlier this year published the second edition of “Leadership
and Advocacy for Pharmacy” through APhA.
Boyle has served three
terms of office in the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, as
president of the Maryland Pharmacists Association and its foundation, national
president of Phi Lambda Sigma leadership society and chair of the Pharmacy
Academy in the National Academies of Practice.
Boyle takes over
interim dean duties from Dr. Dennis Killian, a faculty colleague who also is pharmacy
director at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Killian served as
interim dean during the spring 2014 semester.
UMES’ pharmacy program welcomed
its first class in 2010 and offers year-round instruction so students can earn a
Pharm.D. degree in three years instead of the more traditional four years.
Approximately 180 students are enrolled in the program.
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