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Release Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:32 PM
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Howard University College of Pharmacy Establishes Board of Visitors

WASHINGTON (Oct. 11, 2012)-  Eleven leaders in the fields of pharmacy, education, health care and research are the inaugural members of  the College of Pharmacy’s Board of Visitors. The members were appointed to the board after a comprehensive national search and with advice from alumni and industry leaders.

Howard University’s Board of Trustees approved their appointments.  The Board of Visitors will advise the Pharmacy dean, faculty and staff on various educational, fiscal, development and fundraising initiatives.

Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D, R.Ph, dean of the college, said the faculty and staff are extremely honored that such a distinguished and diverse group of individuals would accept the college’s invitation to serve on its Board of Visitors.

“I look forward to their insights regarding ways to continue strengthening our academic programs and acquiring resources for scholarships, construction of a new pharmacy building and other key goals,” Wutoh said.  “This is another great step towards our vision to becoming one of the preeminent pharmacy programs in the country.”

The board will meet twice a year.  Individual members, however, will play ongoing leadership roles by  spearheading special initiatives. The members of the board will interact with students and faculty through lectures and professional development exercises.

“The wealth of experience and the enthusiastic support that each member of the board has for the College of Pharmacy will undoubtedly prove to be a great asset to the college and to Howard University in general,” said Canute Knott-Malcolm, the director of Development for the college.

The administrators, faculty, staff and students welcome the members of the board and look forward to working with them to fulfill the mission and vision of the College of Pharmacy.

Following is an alphabetical listing of the members of the board members.

Janice Anderson Janice Anderson, R.Ph., is the director of Pharmacy Program, URAC.  Anderson has practiced pharmacy in both retail and hospital settings and served as assistant director of Pharmacy at a 900-bed private hospital. Prior to joining URAC, she worked as director of Pharmacy Programs for Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to provide drug benefits for over three million federal employees and retirees. Anderson earned her pharmacy degree from Howard University and is currently a member of CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield Board of Directors.
Minnie Baylor-Henry Minnie Baylor-Henry, Esq., is the worldwide vice president for Regulatory Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices & Diagnostics. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Baylor –Henry was the director of the Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising and Communications for the U. S. Food & Drug Administration.  She is a pharmacist and an attorney. She received her pharmacy degree from Howard University and her law degree from Catholic University Columbus School of Law.
Frank L Brown Frank L Brown, M.D., is an internist and currently serves as the senior medical director with Cigna HealthCare.  In this role, he manages the Mid-Atlantic region, which includes Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland.  His areas of focus include cost of care innovation, new business acquisition support and relationship management with health care professionals and hospital systems.  Brown has been a physician executive within the healthcare industry for over 25 years. He received his training and education in pharmacy, medicine and business at Howard University, Yale University and Virginia Commonwealth University, respectively.  He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Royal Society of Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Roger S. Clark Roger S. Clark, M.B.A., is the chief operating officer for Medical Home Development Group. Clark has over 30 years of experience in the petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries.  He sits on the Board of Directors of Summit Health Institute for Research and Education,  the Alzheimer’s Association of Maryland and the Health Care Committee and Healthcare Steering Committee of the Greater Baltimore Committee. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and a M.B.A. from the University of New Haven.
Leonard Edloe Leonard Edloe, Pharm.D.,  is the chief executive officer of Edloe's Professional Pharmacies, his family-owned pharmacies located in Richmond, Va., and pastor of the New Hope Fellowship in Gloucester, Va. Edloe is a native of Richmond and a graduate of Armstrong High School. He earned a bachelor of science in Pharmacy from the Howard University, a master of divinity from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University and a doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida School of Pharmacy. He serves as an assistant clinical professor of Pharmacy at the Hampton University School of Pharmacy and an associate clinical professor of Policy and Research at the MCV-VCU School of Pharmacy.
Norma Jenkins Stewart Norma Jenkins Stewart, R.Ph., is a regulatory health consultant and a licensed pharmacist. Stewart has served in several managerial and administrative roles in pharmacy and public health and retired from the D.C. Department of Health as chief of The Bureau of Food, Drug & Radiation Protection.  She is a graduate of Howard University College of Pharmacy and is a member of several professional pharmacy associations.  She is also active with several community and public service organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Links, Inc., The Continental Societies, Inc., and The Moles and Camp Springs Civic Association.
Patrick M. Oates Patrick M. Oates, Ph.D., is the president and chief executive officer of Orisun Therapeutics and the regional medical director for BioCritica Biotechnology Company. Oates is a native Philadelphian and a product of the city’s public school system. He completed his undergraduate training at Tuskegee University in Animal Science and earned a doctorate degree at Howard University in Physiology & Molecular Biology.  He is an active member of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, where he serves as the chairman of the Community Re-Investment Ministry. Under his leadership, this fund has contributed more than $1.5 million in the past four years to non-profit entities serving the disadvantaged in the Philadelphia region.
Craig Ruffin Craig Ruffin Pharm.D, M.B.A., is currently a pharmacy radiation safety officer and senior nuclear pharmacist with Cardinal Health. Ruffin is the recipient of numerous awards and symbols of recognition. He has endowed several scholarships for African-American and Hispanic pharmacy students at Long Island University, Howard University and the National Pharmaceutical Association Foundation. He received his bachelor of science degree in Pharmacy from Long Island University, his M.B.A. from Columbia University and his doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida. Currently he is a candidate for a master of science degree in Biotechnology at The Johns Hopkins University.
Sybil Richard Sybil Richard, Esq., is an attorney and the former vice president of Professional Affairs for Wal-Mart US. Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Richard was the deputy secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals. She also served as the assistant deputy secretary for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and director of Policy and Programs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, where she was the COO for Florida’s $16 billion Medicaid program.  Richard earned a bachelor of science in pharmacy in 1991 from Xavier University of Louisiana. She also has a Juris Doctorate and Master of Health Administration, both from Indiana University.
Aida Sabo Aida Sabo  is the vice-president of Diversity/Inclusion for the Center of Excellence at Cardinal Health. Sabo focuses on developing a long term Global Workforce Diversity Strategy in partnership with the leadership team and key functions of Cardinal Health. She earned her bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Davis, specializing in electromagnets.  She continued her education by completing engineering graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley Extension, and Georgia Tech.  She has also completed executive education at Harvard, JFK School, Harvard Extension, UCLA and Stanford University.  In 2006 she was selected to be a fellow with the National Hispana Leadership Institute.
Basil Anthony Smikle Basil Anthony Smikle Jr.  is a political consultant and professor for the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Smikle’s commentary is featured in local and national media outlets.  In addition to running his consulting firm, he is a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University concentrating in education and politics. He holds  adjunct professor appointments at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and City University of New York’s Murphy Institute for Professional Studies. Smikle served as senior aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton during her first campaign for the Senate and later on her Senate staff.   He began his firm nine years ago and has since garnered diverse clients, such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and The William Jefferson Clinton Foundation. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations in 1993 from Cornell University.  In 1996, he received a masters degree in Public Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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The College of Pharmacy's mission is to provide pharmaceutical education of excellent quality to students with high academic, scholarship and leadership potential, with particular emphasis on the recruitment, retention and graduation of African-American and ethnically diverse students. The principle goals of the college are to recruit, train and educate those students to assume leadership roles in pharmacy; to produce skilled pharmaceutical care practitioners, proficient pharmaceutical scientists and competent educators to meet the challenges of the profession and society; to recruit and retain faculty dedicated to teach and mentor students, conduct research and pursue other scholarly activities, and to provide postgraduate and continuing professional education and community services that will enhance the quality of pharmaceutical care.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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