10 Things You Didn’t Know About Campbell Pharmacy
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On April 28, more than 200 students, staff, faculty and alumni gathered in Raleigh to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. When the school opened its doors in 1986, it was the nation’s first pharmacy school in 35 years. But that’s a free fact … below are 10 other things you may not have known about Campbell’s largest graduate school, which has been led all 25 years by Dean Ron Maddox (for whom the building that houses the school is named … but you already knew that).
Not everybody thought the pharmacy school was a good idea back in the mid-80s. In fact, the News & Observer of Raleigh came out against it — "Not all private schools are as expansionist as Campbell, which opened a law school in a state overrun with lawyers," the N&O wrote on Jan. 30, 1985. The Wilmington Star and UNC-Chapel Hills pharmacy school dean were also critical of Campbell at the time, fearing the school would cut into public school funds and enrollment.
In 1990, the charter class set a high standard posting a 100-percent passage rate on the NAPLEX board exam (like a pharmacist’s bar exam). Throughout the history of the program, the graduating pharmacy classes achieved a perfect passage rate nine times and maintained an average passage rate of 98.3 percent.
Why the high rate of NAPLEX success? Third-year pharmacy student take the Top 300 Examination. Known for the anxiety it gives Campbell students, the exam is a fill-in-the-blank exam covering the top 300 drugs. Before 1994, it was only 200 questions (and multiple choice).
When the pharmacy school opened in 1986, North Carolina had what University President Norman A. Wiggins called at the time a “pharmacist shortage.” The state had one pharmacist for every 1,620 people. Today, there are 13,451 pharmacists licensed to practice in North Carolina, one pharmacist for every 717 people.
Pat Ogrin had quite the career before coming to Buies Creek. He was a defensive lineman for the Washington Redskins’ 1982 Super Bowl-winning squad. He earned his pharmacy degree at Campbell in 1995. Today, he is a pharmacist in Wilmington.
Diana Maravich-May, the sister of basketball legend “Pistol” Pete Maravich, is a 1991 graduate of CPHS and the regional medical scientist at GlaxoSmithKline in Raleigh. She came to Campbell when her father, Press Maravich, moved here to become an assistant basketball coach.
When Hurricane Hugo ripped the East Coast in 1989, Campbell’s pharmacy students started a university-wide food drive to obtain food and other supplies for victims in Charleston, SC. A truckload of supplies and 23 pharmacy students (plus two faculty) went to Charleston for a weekend of clean-up. The group did an estimated $50,000 worth of work.
Campbell’s Christian atmosphere is part of what sets its pharmacy school apart from others. The Doctor of Pharmacy program offers a Pharmacy Christian Missions elective, allowing students the opportunity to travel to developing countries as one of their clinical rotations.
Hartness Lecture Hall is where it all began. The majority of the college’s alumni were trained in those seats (which used to be wooden … ouch!). The lecture hall was named for Blanton A. Hartness, a well-known North Carolina businessman who also brought the first automobile to campus back in 1927.
It’s been said that if Dr. Dan Teat gave you a nickname, it stuck well past graduation. Teat, the former assistant dean of admissions, was one of the first faculty members hired at the pharmacy school. During his 16-year tenure, his outgoing personality left an impression on students as he encouraged them to strive academically for acceptance into the program.