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UMES' Boyle elected to national post

  • Monday, December 16, 2013

    Cynthia J. Boyle, PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (Dec. 16, 2013) - Dr. Cynthia J. Boyle, an award-winning University of Maryland Eastern Shore pharmacy professor, is the new president-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

    Dr. Boyle, who is chair of UMES' Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, has long been active in the national organization of pharmacy educators and is recognized for her expertise in experiential education.

    She finished her term as Speaker of the House for AACP this past July and will assume its top office in mid-2015 after serving the next academic year as president-elect.

    "AACP has given me the inspiration, professional network and resources to thrive in pharmacy education," Dr. Boyle said.

    UMES pharmacy school Dean Nicholas Blanchard said Boyle's faculty colleagues are proud a peer has been elected to serve on a national stage, which should bring attention to the university.

    "It speaks well to the caliber and quality of faculty we have been able to assemble here at the university in such a short period of time," Blanchard said. UMES enrolled its first year-round class of pharmacy students in 2010 and awarded that group degrees in May 2013.

    Dr. Boyle graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, where she was executive director for the Experiential Learning Program. She joined the UMES faculty in 2011 and has practice experience in community, institutional and consultant settings.

    She completed the AACP Academic Leadership Fellows Program and has contributed to a broad spectrum of its standing committees. AACP honored her with its Crystal APPLE award for contributions to learning excellence in experiential education.

    She is involved with state and national pharmacy organizations.

    Dr. Boyle has served three terms of office in the American Pharmacists Association's Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, as president of the Maryland Pharmacists Association and its foundation, national president of Phi Lambda Sigma, and chair of the Pharmacy Academy in the National Academies of Practice.

    She received the 2009 Maryland Pharmacists Association's Seidman Distinguished Achievement Award and in 2010 she was recognized with the Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacists' W. Arthur Purdum Award for influential leadership.

    Dr. Boyle received the 2008 American Pharmacists Association Good Government Pharmacist-of-the-Year Award and the 2009 Phi Lambda Sigma National Leadership Award.

    In her campaign, she wrote that "the future … calls us to embrace innovation in education and to prepare our graduates for a future that is constantly emerging."

    Bill Robinson,director, public relations, (410) 621-2355