College of Pharmacy Alumna Elected President of the Drug Information Association’s Board of Directors

Minnie Baylor-HerryWASHINGTON (July 24) - Howard University College of Pharmacy alumna, Minnie Baylor-Henry, JD, RPh, (‘72) was elected to serve as the president of the Drug Information Association (DIA) and chair of its Board of Directors during the Association’s 49th Annual Meeting in Boston, June 23-27. Baylor-Henry’s year-long tenure began June 30.

DIA is a global, professional  association of nearly 18,000 members  involved in the discovery, development, and life cycle management of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and related health-care products.

“The College of Pharmacy and entire University community applaud Dr. Baylor-Henry on her election,” said Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph, dean of the College of Pharmacy. “She is truly a daughter of Howard and the College of Pharmacy. Her extensive clinical, regulatory, and life sciences knowledge will undoubtedly be beneficial to DIA and, indeed, to the profession of pharmacy.”

After earning her Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy from the College, Baylor-Henry earned a Juris Doctorate from Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America. She previously served as the director of the Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising and Communications for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She currently serves as worldwide vice president of Regulatory Affairs for Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Devices and Diagnostics company. She has also served in similar roles in Johnson & Johnson’s Pharmaceutical and Consumer companies.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Baylor-Henry in her new capacity as president,” said Carlos E. Fulcher, MBA, DIA’s worldwide deputy executive director. “With her strategic, innovative and disciplined approach to management and her commitment to the field, I know that DIA will continue to grow and move forward.”

Baylor-Henry credits Howard University College of Pharmacy for providing the education and mentorship that resulted in the advancement of her career.  As a member of the College’s Board of Visitors, she provides advice, guidance and support to the College’s administrators and students.
“Howard means so much to me and continues to be instrumental in my career,” said Baylor-Henry. “I will do everything I can to support the College.”

The Administrators, Pharm.D students and Baylor-Henry recently worked collaboratively to establish a chapter of DIA at the College. The chapter has hosted numerous events that have provided professional development and curriculum enhancement opportunities for students. Clarice E. Carthon, a third year (P3) candidate for the Pharm.D was recently selected as the Student Member on the DIA North American Advisory Council.  For more information, click here.

The College of Pharmacy's mission is to provide pharmaceutical education of excellent quality to students with high academic, scholarship and leadership potential, with particular emphasis on the recruitment, retention and graduation of African-American and ethnically diverse students. The principle goals of the college are to recruit, train and educate those students to assume leadership roles in pharmacy; to produce skilled pharmaceutical care practitioners, proficient pharmaceutical scientists and competent educators to meet the challenges of the profession and society; to recruit and retain faculty dedicated to teach and mentor students, conduct research and pursue other scholarly activities, and to provide postgraduate and continuing professional education and community services that will enhance the quality of pharmaceutical care.

DIA is a neutral, global, nonprofit association that provides knowledge resources across the full spectrum of medical product development.  DIA’s mission involves fostering innovation to improve health and well-being worldwide by: providing invaluable forums to exchange vital information and discuss current issues related to health products, technologies, and services; delivering customized learning experiences; building, maintaining, and facilitating trusted relationships with and among individuals and organizations that drive and share DIA values and mandates; and offering a multidisciplinary neutral environment, respected globally for integrity and relevancy.

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at
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