UAMS’ Lanita White, Pharm.D., Chosen for National Pharmacy Leadership Program

By Karmen Robinson

White, the assistant dean for student affairs for the UAMS College of Pharmacy, is one of 30 college faculty members nationwide chosen to participate in the association’s yearlong program.

The Academic Leadership Fellows Program supports the development of leaders in academic pharmacy and higher education. More than 400 fellows have graduated from the program since its inception in 2004.

In addition to her duties as an assistant dean, White is also an associate professor in the college’s Department of Pharmacy Practice and has held multiple roles within the college during her 15-year career with UAMS.

White served as a clinical faculty member while employed at the Central Arkansas Veterans Administration Healthcare System in Little Rock from 2006 to 2012 and then joined UAMS College of Pharmacy to serve as director of the UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center from July 2012 to December 2018 prior to her promotion as an assistant dean.

White is also a founding member of the Student Run Free Clinic Faculty Association – an organization created to engage and support faculty, clinicians and professional staff involved in the development and delivery of student-led clinics.

White received her doctorate in pharmacy in 2006 from the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy. She also completed two residencies in pharmacy practice and ambulatory care in 2007 and 2008, respectively, at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

White received additional training from the Department of Veterans Affairs Leadership Development Institute from 2009-10.

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