College of Pharmacy Presents Awards at Annual Alumni Dinner

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences presented six awards to friends and alumni who have made significant contributions to the school during its annual Alumni Association Dinner on June 28 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., held in conjunction with the Georgia Pharmacy Association Convention. Dean H.W. “Ted” Matthews presented the awards.

The Alumni Meritorious Service Award was presented to G. Brian Robinson, Pharm.D. ’93, of Conyers. Robinson is the Atlanta north pharmacy supervisor for Walgreens Co., where he has been a key advocate for the College. He is an active member of the College’s Board of Visitors and actively recruits pharmacy students for employment. The Alumni Meritorious Service Award honors an alumnus of the College who has served the profession of pharmacy and the Alumni Association in an outstanding manner.

The Young Alumni Award was presented to Joshua D. Kinsey, Pharm.D. ’05, of Cleveland. Kinsey is the owner of Cleveland Pharmacy and Gifts in Cleveland, is a strong advocate of College and is active in the Georgia Pharmacy Association. The Young Alumni Award recognizes the accomplishments and commitment of an alumnus who has graduated within the past 10 years.

The Meritorious Service Award was presented to Dr. Evan M. Demestihas, of Marietta. Dr. Demestihas is the chief executive officer of The Medical Affairs Co., an active member of the College’s Board of Visitors and an active supporter of the College. The Meritorious Service Award recognizes an individual who has contributed in some outstanding way to the enhancement of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The Carlton Henderson Award was presented to Eddie M. Madden, of Elberton, the president and founder of Madden Pharmacy in Elberton and a leader in the pharmacy profession in the state. He is a former state senator, served as president of the Georgia Pharmacy Association for 2008-2009 and is a former member of the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy, 2001-2006. The award is named in honor of Carlton Henderson, longtime Mercerian and great supporter of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and recognizes an individual who has contributed to the reputation and enhancement of the pharmaceutical profession in the state of Georgia.

The College also honored two alumni as Preceptors of the Year: Brook J. Medley, Pharm.D. ’01, as the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience Preceptor of the Year, and Tonya F. Pearson, Pharm.D. ’92, as Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Preceptor of the Year. Medley, of Griffin, is co-owner of Wilson’s Pharmacy in Forest Park. Pearson, of Newnan, is a clinical pharmacy specialist for Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville. The preceptor awards are given to individuals who have proven to be an outstanding community or hospital preceptor for students of the College.

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