LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 14, 2018) — Dr. Sarah Lawrence, director of the Pharmacy Technician Program at the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy (SUCOP), has been elected president-elect of the national Pharmacy Technician Educators Council (PTEC).
Dr. Lawrence, a 2011 SUCOP graduate, will begin a two-year term in July during the PTEC national conference in Indianapolis. She will serve the first year as president-elect and the second year as president of the PTEC, whose members instruct and administer in a variety of educational settings across the United States and Canada.
“My leadership with PTEC affirms Sullivan University’s position as a leader in the education of pharmacy professionals,” Dr. Lawrence said. “I owe a debt of gratitude to the many people who have contributed to my development as a leader and an educator. Their guidance and mentoring have prepared me to assume this leadership role, and I very much appreciate their confidence and investment in me.”
Dr. Lawrence became active with PTEC after joining SUCOP faculty in 2016.
“Joining PTEC allowed me to network with and find mentors among the top experts in pharmacy technician education,” she said. “As I became more active, I was encouraged to take a leadership role in the organization and am pleased and honored to be assuming the role of president-elect this July. This is a fantastic opportunity to put my professional skills as an administrator and my passion for education to work to serve my colleagues, the organization and the healthcare industry.”
SUCOP Dean Dr. Cindy Stowe said that Dr. Lawrence’s leadership role with PTEC “will allow SUCOP to be seen as the leader in pharmacy technician education.”
“Clearly Dr. Lawrence’s leadership was recognized by her peers even after just a short time on the council,” Dr. Stowe said. “Having a national presence in pharmacy technician education shows that we as a college of pharmacy are also committed to excellence in education of our technicians. We are very proud of the efforts of Dr. Lawrence and this appointment will only strengthen our reputation as a leader in pharmacy education.”
As a member of the PTEC leadership team, Dr. Lawrence said she will have the opportunity to hone her personal leadership skills and network with other leaders in the profession of pharmacy and education.
“This will be an opportunity to be on the forefront of pharmacy technician education and to work with a group of distinguished educators,” Dr. Lawrence said. “I hope to make the most of that and put the things I learn to good use in our program at the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy.”
A native of Madisonville, Ky., Dr. Lawrence has lived in Louisville for more than 20 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Louisville and received her Pharm.D. degree from SUCOP, where she also completed a community pharmacy residency.
Dr. Stowe said by holding a graduate degree in education and a professional degree in pharmacy, Dr. Lawrence is well-positioned to impact pharmacy technician education and career opportunities.
“Dr. Lawrence understands both the content and delivery of necessary curricular elements that allow our program to excel,” Dr. Stowe said. “She embraces technology, pushes her students to advance to the highest of their abilities and leverages her previous educational and work experience to deliver on both the educational and student-centered goals of the program.
“It is my hope that her leadership on this council will help guide this group to advance technician education leading to expanded scope of practice for technicians and greater service delivery for the pharmacy-care team,” she said. “Locally, it will help Sullivan University build partnerships within the community to better serve as the leader in pharmacy technician education.”