History of the Southern College of Pharmacy / Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy
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History (1942)
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The Southern College of Pharmacy was the realization of a dream of three prominent Atlantans: Hansell W. Crenshaw, M.D.,  Edgar A. Everhart,  Ph.D. and R.C. Hood, Phar.D.

Dr. Hansell W. Crenshaw, M.D. served as
1st President of the Southern College of Pharmacy.

The College began instruction with the following faculty:
H.W. Crenshaw, M.D.
E.A. Everhart, Ph.D.
R.C. Hood, Phar.D.
E.C. Cartledge, M.D.
Archibald Smith, M.D.
Hon. Madison Bell

October 1, 1903
The School opened on the fifth floor in a building at the corner of Marietta and Broad Streets in Atlanta.

A Ph.G. degree was granted upon the completion of two sessions of study, six months each,  running from October to April and from April to October.

Fully accredited by the Department of Education of the State of Georgia

October, 1904
First class of six students graduated

The first Board of Trustees

Began a two-year (8 months each) program - Ph.G. ("Graduate Pharmacist") degree. Also offered a Ph.C. ("Pharmaceutical Chemist") degree following the Ph.G. degree with a post-graduate course.

Raised the requirement for graduation to a three-year (9 months each) program  (Ph.G. degree)

Moved to Walton St. building, shared building with the GA Evening School of Commerce (now GSU)

Began four-year degree program - conferring a B.S Phar. degree

Dr. Hood and Dr. Martin gave their interests to a Board of Trustees for the purpose of having the College chartered as a non-profit institution

Dr. Reuben C. Hood - first Dean of the Southern College of Pharmacy

1stBd. of Trustees after the reorganization of the College:
 J.L. Hawk, chairman, Atlanta, GA;
Z.O. Moore, Secretary and Treasurer, Atlanta, GA;
L.R. Brewer, Atlanta; GA;
T.M. McCleskey, Atlanta, GA;
J.T. Selman, Atlanta, GA;
M.D. Hodges, Marietta, GA;
H.S. Peters, Manchester, GA;
J.E. Massey, Hahira, GA; and
H.J. Avera, Fort Valley, GA v

 June 26, 1941
SCP accredited by the State Dept. of Education - 4 year curriculum

November 26, 1941
SCP accredited by the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy

March 27, 1942
SCP accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education

First honorary Doctor of Science Degree was given to Judson L. Hawk, Sr.

Established the H.C. Naylor Scholarship Foundation Fund

Became a member of the (AACP) American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Dr. Reuben C. Hood retired as Dean

Dr. Minnie Meyers, Acting Dean

June 20, 1951  
First charter of the Alumni Association of the SCP

Dr. M.A. Chambers became Dean (1952-1957)

Faculty voted for a 5-year BS degree

Dr. Wei-Chin Liu taught a new course in "Isotope Pharmacy" (how to handle and dispense radioactive drugs) which was the first of its kind in the U.S.

Dr. Oliver M. Littlejohn became Dean  (1957-84)

Merged with Mercer University

March 26, 1959
Dedicated the Mal T. Anderson Dispensing Lab

Began the first 5-year B.S. degree program

Jan. 31, 1967
Applied for the organization of a chapter of the Rho Chi Honor Society

Southern College of Pharmacy renamed the Southern School of Pharmacy

APhA & GPhA started drug abuse team guided by Dr. Lopez

May, 1972 1970-2003
Moved into new building -
Robert Herold Building, 345 Boulevard, NE

Started the elective Pharm.D. program

October 23, 1973
"The Pharmacy, a community pharmacy owned & operated by Mercer University's SSOP, became the first such operation to be recognized as a member pharmacy by the American College of Apothecaries"
(AJPEd Vol. 38, 1974, p. 126)


First four Pharm.D. degree students graduate


Combined Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration degree offered

First required all Pharm.D. program (1st in the southeast and 5th in the nation)

June, 1985

First all Pharm.D class graduated


Dr. Littlejohn retired as Dean

Dec. 1, 1984

Dr. Dick R. Gourley, Dean (1984-1989)


Established the International Center for Pharmacy Education and Research, Dr. Gourley, Director of the Center

February 1987

Faculty approved the Master of Science Program in Institutional Pharmacy, classes began in January,  1988


Started Ph.D. program

Sept. 1, 1989

Dr. Hewitt W. (Ted) Matthews named as Acting Dean


First Ph.D. student graduate (Patrick J. DeSouza)


Established the Center for Clinical Research, Dr. Michael Jann, Director

May 1, 1990

Dr. Hewitt W. (Ted) Matthews named as Dean


Moved to the NE Atlanta campus, Cecil B. Day Campus of Mercer University

April 25, 1992

Dedicated the Education and Research Center on the Cecil B. Day Campus

September, 1992

Initiated the first offering of a certificate program in Consultant Pharmacy (CPCP)


Established the Center for Pharmacy Management, Dr. Richard Jackson, Director of the program


Started the nation's first fellowship in pharmacy practice automation


Collaborated with UGA for Non-traditional Pharm.D. Pathway Program


Established the Center for Health Outcomes Research, Dr. Z. Tom Grapes, Director of the Center

October 3-4, 2003 

The Southern School of Pharmacy celebrated their Centennial.

October 2003 

More than 4,000 students have graduated in the first 100 years.

July 1, 2006 

The Southern School of Pharmacy changed its name to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS).

January 2008 

The Physician Assistant Program began. This program awards a Master of Medical Science at completion.

January 2010 

COPHS started the first residency program, in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, in the state of Georgia.

August 2010 

COPHS began enrolling students into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

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