Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-10-18

Samford University pharmacy alumnus Eddie Davis has been named a 2010 Retailer of the Year by the Alabama Retail Association.

Davis, president and pharmacist at York Drug Inc., in York and The Drug Store, Inc., in Livingston, won the Silver Award in the largest of three sales categories: that of annual sales more than $5 million. The 1985 Samford graduate also owns York Drug Home Medical in Demopolis and Fayette.

He received the award during a September 22 Retail Day luncheon at Cahaba Grand Conference Center in Birmingham. Kelley Jordan, former executive director of the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, nominated Davis for the award, citing the pharmacist’s ability to keep his businesses alive when many are closing in their rural area.

Davis serves Samford’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy as a preceptor. His son, Logan Davis, Pharm.D., is a 2008 graduate of the Samford pharmacy school.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.