Harding’s College of Pharmacy celebrates 10-year milestone

Jan 8, 2018 | Pharmacy |

The Harding University College of Pharmacy hosted a celebration Jan. 8 as it reached a 10-year milestone in the program’s history. Students, faculty and alumni met at Robbins Sanford Grand Hall in Searcy to enjoy fellowship and refreshments with colleagues, family and friends.

Dr. Tim Howard serves as one of the college’s experiential education directors and has been a registered pharmacist since 1979. Howard became a part of the college after then-Harding President David B. Burks sent out a questionnaire to pharmacists in Arkansas assessing the need for a college of pharmacy taught from a Christian worldview. The questionnaire planted a seed, and as the college started to form, Howard knew he wanted to share his faith with future pharmacists at Harding. ​Howard hopes the program will continue to attract top students with a passion for service and a love for Christ.

“We have produced some outstanding pharmacists who are making an impact on our profession all over the world and improving the health of the patients they serve,” Howard said.

Howard praised Dr. Julie Hixson-Wallace, who was hired to establish the College of Pharmacy and served as the founding dean from August 2006 to May 2016.  

Dr. Hixson-Wallace overcame almost insurmountable odds to get this program started,” Howard said. “She surrounded herself with quality individuals with the same passion and drive to make HUCOP a reality.”

Hixson-Wallace shared that this anniversary signifies an amazing accomplishment.

“Having been literally the first person in the college, it is amazing to ponder all the influence we’ve had in our first 10 years,” said Hixson-Wallace. “From being a one-man show with no students to a full college, it is neat to think of the legacy that has already been created. The professional, physical and spiritual lives of hundreds of people who have passed through the college have been changed by HUCOP. Thousands of others have been and will continue to be influenced by the alumni, faculty and staff of our program.”

Hixson-Wallace shared that those who have passed through the college’s doors have supported and respected one another and will be bound together through the common experience.

“I hope to see a continuing strong pool of full classes that produce pharmacists who become even better known for their excellence as practitioners and servant leaders,” Hixson-Wallace said.

Dr. Mallory Turner was a member of the college’s inaugural class from 2008 to 2012 and now serves as an assistant professor and clinical pharmacist in the college.

“I enjoy interacting with the interdisciplinary health care team at the hospital, and truly love teaching students both in the classroom and in the clinical setting,” Turner said.

Turner feels that the Christian atmosphere was the main thing that brought her to Harding.

“I loved knowing that I could learn how to be a pharmacist with the emphasis of being a servant and displaying a Christ-like attitude to all of the patients I serve,” Turner said. “Harding’s mission aligned very closely with my own idea of the type of practitioner that I wanted to become, and the faculty and staff modeled these qualities and served as wonderful examples for the students.”

Turner shared that the faculty, staff and board members — both past and present — have sacrificed to make the college what it is today.

“That legacy lives on in the strong program that HUCOP has become,” Turner said. “As a member of the inaugural class, it is inspiring to me to see how the school has grown and how it continues to abide by the mission and goals that were originally established. While 10 years seems like a long time, I am confident that this is only the beginning of a long legacy as the foundation that has been laid in these first 10 years is strong and will continue to support HUCOP’s growth.”


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