SOP’s Boyle Honored for Longtime Support of the APhA Foundation

Dr. Cynthia Boyle receives the 2019 Jacob W. Miller Award in recognition of her service to the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation.

By Malissa Carroll
March 22, 2019

Cynthia J. Boyle, PharmD, FAPhA, FNAP, FASCP, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Jacob W. Miller Award by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation. Established in 2000, the Jacob W. Miller Award is presented annually to an individual who has helped to advance the mission of the APhA Foundation through involvement in its programs, support of its initiatives, and leadership in executing its mission.

“We were excited to learn that Dr. Boyle had been named this year’s recipient of the APhA Foundation’s Jacob W. Miller Award,” says Jill A. Morgan, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, professor and chair of PPS. “This is a wonderful accomplishment that reinforces the work she has done throughout her career to support the APhA Foundation and its initiatives, mission, and goals. We are incredibly proud of her, and look forward to celebrating this achievement with her.”

Boyle received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the School of Pharmacy and pursued a successful career that spanned community, health system, and consultant pharmacy. She later transitioned into an academic career at the School of Pharmacy, where she served as an assistant professor and assistant director for the Experiential Learning Program (ELP), before being promoted to associate professor and executive director for ELP. From 2011-2017, she served as professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, and was also named interim dean for the school from 2014 to 2015.

She returned to the School of Pharmacy in 2017, where she currently teaches at all levels in the School’s PharmD program and serves as co-advisor for the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, continuing her dedicated and distinguished service to the pharmacy profession.

“Dr. Boyle is an amazing mentor to our pharmacy students and residents,” says Morgan. “She encourages them to grow both personally and professionally, as well as to pursue leadership opportunities and advocate for their profession.”

She adds, “Receiving the Jacob W. Miller Award not only helps to confirm her work, but also will encourage her to keep at it, and strive even higher in service to our students and the pharmacy profession.”

Established in 1953, the APhA Foundation is the research and public education counterpart of APhA – the oldest and largest national professional society of pharmacists in the United States. It strives to improve health by inspiring philanthropy, research, and innovation that advances pharmacists’ patient care services. Named to honor Jacob Miller, president of the APhA Foundation from 1991-2000, the Jacob W. Miller Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to upholding and advancing the mission of the APhA Foundation.

“It was truly a surprise to learn that I had been selected to receive the 2019 Jacob W. Miller Award,” says Boyle. “I know many of the past recipients, and have long admired their careers and the work they have done to help advance not only the APhA Foundation, but the pharmacy profession as a whole. Receiving this recognition now helps to affirm one aspect of my life’s work, and incentivizes me to work even harder to mentor others and their efforts in philanthropy.”

In addition to being named the recipient of the 2019 Jacob W. Miller Award, Boyle is a past recipient of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s (ACCP) Crystal APPLE Award, APhA’s Francke Leadership Mentor Award, APhA’s Good Government Pharmacist-of-the-Year Award, and the Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award. She has also held a number of leadership roles in national professional pharmacy organizations, including her service as president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), president of the Maryland Pharmacists Association (MPhA) and its foundation, and national president of the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society.

Boyle will receive her award at the APhA Annual Meeting in Seattle on March 25.

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