Message from the Dean

Dean Johnson of the UF College of Pharmacy challenges alumni to Go Greater.

By: Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D.


Dear colleagues, alumni and friends,

Go Greater is a bold statement of who we are and who we want to be — a rallying cry that unifies us as Gators to answer the call to lead. As the theme for the University of Florida’s comprehensive campaign, Go Greater inspires us to achieve excellence and motivates us to improve the well-being of our state, nation and world. 

At the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Go Greater embodies our approach to improving health care through a high-quality pharmacy education, impactful research and clinical innovations that are expanding the pharmacist’s role in patient care. In this issue of GATORx, we introduce the four pillars of our Go Greater campaign as well as some of the people and programs behind them — alleviating pain addiction through drug discovery, personalizing medicine tailored to a patient’s DNA, improving the safety of antipsychotic drugs and helping patients better manage their prescriptions. Our faculty and students are tackling some of the most pressing health issues facing society today, but we cannot do our work alone.

To achieve greatness, we need the financial support of alumni and friends who are inspired by our work to join us on our journey. Our college’s campaign goal is to raise $35 million by 2022. Whether it’s funding a chair or professorship that allows the college to recruit and retain top talent, or giving to a scholarship fund that helps attract
high-caliber students to the college, each and every gift makes a meaningful impact.

Go Greater signals our aspirations to the world. We want to be recognized as an elite pharmacy college, attract faculty who are the best in their fields, deliver a pharmacy education unmatched in the world and lead research breakthroughs that make generations healthier. Behind all of these aspirations are the children, parents, grandparents and the people you love who stand to benefit from our big ideas for improving health care.

Will you answer our call to Go Greater? We would love your support as we strive to make the world a healthier place.


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Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D.

Dean and Distinguished Professor