Published on February 4, 2020 by Sarah Waller  
Christy Garmon Appointed to ALBOP

Christy Garmon ’09 is the latest alumna of Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy to join the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy. In accepting her appointment from Governor Kay Ivey, she joins fellow alumni Brenda Denson ’94 and Rob Colburn ’84 on the five-member board. 

Garmon will be representing chain pharmacy, bringing over 15 years of experience from her pharmacy career with CVS Health. Currently, she works as a CVS District Leader in South Alabama and Mississippi markets.

This is not Garmon’s first leadership role within the pharmacy profession in Alabama. She has served with various boards and organizations including the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Office of Women’s Health as well as McWhorter School of Pharmacy’s admission committee and advisory board.  She also currently serves as the vice president of the Alabama Pharmacy Association. 

“Joining the Alabama Board of Pharmacy is a great honor, but also a great responsibility. My work on the board begins during a critical time for health care and particularly pharmacy in this state. Changes in our industry and practice are coming sometimes at lightning speeds, and it is our job to ensure that those changes are in the best interest of patient care,” she said.    

This mindset is something Garmon says was instilled in her from the first day of pharmacy school. “Dean Joseph O. Dean welcomed us with a message: ‘Pharmacy in Alabama is a legislative act that can be changed with a stroke of a pen.’ From that day forward, being an advocate for how those pen strokes can affect patient care has been a core value in who I am as a pharmacist,” she said.

The Alabama State Board of Pharmacy is among the highest honors a pharmacist can receive on the state-level. The board is vested with the authority to carry out the Pharmacy Practice Act, which gives them authority to regulate the practice of pharmacy and the management and operations of pharmacies—as to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Alabama.

Along with the three alumni who serve as members of the Alabama State of Board of Pharmacy, alumna Donna Yeatman ’94 also serves the board as its executive secretary.

 
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.