Dr. Andrew Darley Selected for AACP Leadership Program

Dr. Andrew Darley, the College’s Director of Professional Education and Associate IPPE Director for Health Systems, has been selected to participate in the 2022-23 Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP) of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Dr. Darley and 34 other leaders in academic pharmacy and higher education from across the country will begin the 19th ALFP Cohort this September in Virginia. Participants in ALFP will expand relationships and engage with peers and colleagues from other institutions, as well as within their own college and university during the year-long leadership immersion. Critical topics to be addressed in four sessions include: how to lead change; conflict management; diversity, equity, and inclusion in leadership development; and advocacy.

“I am honored to be selected as a fellow for ALFP,” said Dr. Darley. “As my career in academic pharmacy has developed, I have gained a stronger appreciation for the essential role that leadership plays in higher education. Effective leadership empowers faculty and staff to work towards common goals that advance the overall institutional mission. In my leadership role, I am committed to working with our entire college community to ensure our curriculum continues to produce PharmD graduates who are among the best in the country.  ALFP aligns closely with these goals and will be a valuable leadership development resource that will support my ability to make stronger contributions to the college and, more broadly, to academic pharmacy.”

A native of Vidalia, Ga., Dr. Darley is a 2012 PharmD alumnus of the College of Pharmacy.  In 2020, he earned his Master’s in Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University. His scholarly publications and presentations focus on pharmacy education and experiential education. He was a recipient of the 2020 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant awarded by AACP, as well as the 2020 recipient of the Scholarship in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Award presented by the AACP CPD Section. Dr. Darley is active in professional organizations, having served as a member of the AACP Experiential Education Section Strategic Planning Task Force, a member of the Southeastern Pharmacy Experiential Education Consortium, Northeast Georgia District Director and UGA Faculty Representative of the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP), and faculty advisor to the UGA GSHP student chapter. In 2017, he received the GSHP Outstanding Young Health-System Pharmacist Award, and in 2019, he received the GSHP Outstanding District Director Award. For his work with the UGA GSHP student chapter, he received the 2021 UGA Student Organization Achievement and Recognition (SOAR) Advisor of the Year Award.

Commented Dean Kelly Smith, who is a former ALFP participant and Dr. Darley’s mentor in the program, “Dr. Darley and AACP will benefit mutually from his participation in ALFP. His grounding in pharmacy practice, passion for advancing pharmacy education, and advancing how both intersect now and into the future, are elements the pharmacy academy needs in its leaders. His achievements at the local and regional levels through his leadership and advisory roles within the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the student affiliate of the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists organizations are emblematic of this.”

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