Governor Crist appoints FAMU alumna to board

Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently appointed FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences alumna, Cynthia R. Griffin, to the Florida Board of Pharmacy.
The appointment to the 10-person board is a four-year term that started in February and ends Oct. 31, 2012.

“I am elated to have been selected by Governor Crist to serve on the Florida Board of Pharmacy,” Griffin said.  “The education and training I received at Florida A&M University’s College of Pharmacy has been a tremendous asset toward helping me excel in the pharmacy profession.  I am excited and look forward to the opportunity this position will provide for me to continue to serve the pharmacy profession.”

The Florida Board of Pharmacy is the governing body for pharmaceutical practices, regulations, licensures and the certifications of Interns and Pharmacists, according to the Florida Department of Health. The board also handles disciplinary actions, analyzes changes in the practice of pharmacy, examines changing trends in pharmaceutical services, and provides continual educational monitoring.

Students and faculty said they are proud FAMU is represented on a state level.

“It feels good to have someone on top rooting for us,” said Brittney Tyson, 24, a second-year pharmacy student from Atlanta. “I think it will help the pharmacy program go further.”

Other students agreed and said students can benefit..

“It’s going to open some doors and give us a few more opportunities,” said Noe Grados, 24, a first-year pharmacy student from Miami.

COPPS Dean and professor Henry Lewis, III had the same enthusiasm.

“We congratulate Dr. Griffin on this prestigious appointment,” Lewis said.  “I am confident that the health of the people of Florida will be better because of her service in this capacity.” Griffin, a native of Quincy, is a member of the FAMU class of 1983. She is the director of Pharmacy Government Programs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida.