College of Pharmacy Unveils New College Seal

COP SealThe College of Pharmacy unveiled a new seal as part of an ongoing campaign to improve visibility, and align the various educational, service, research and practice activities of the College.  The seal was developed after recommendations from the College’s Board of Visitors to assist in promotional and fund raising efforts to increase awareness of the great work being conducted by the College.  The seal highlights a number of historical notes of the University, and borrows several elements from the University’s Seal.  Dean Anthony Wutoh explains “the symbol in the center of our new seal is the Bowl of Hygieia, one of several historical symbols of Pharmacy.  Hygieia in mythology was the Greek goddess of hygiene, and the daughter of Aesculapius, the mythological Greek god of medicine and healing. Hygieia's symbol is a cup or chalice with a snake twined around its stem and poised above it.  Similarly, the symbol often used in Medicine is Aesculapius’ rod, with a snake (or snakes) wound around it. The latin words on the seal, ‘Ductus et Virtus’, are interpreted as ‘Leadership and Excellence’, which are two of the principles underpinning our educational mission. The other principles are Service, Tradition and Diversity.”

Dean Wutoh continued “most students are aware that Howard University was founded in 1867, however many are not aware that the first graduate of the University, Dr. James Thomas Wormley, received the Doctor of Pharmacy degree after training in the University’s Medical Department.  The first students in the Medical Department, including Dr. Wormley, started classes in 1868, which represents the founding of the instructional role of both the Medical and Pharmacy programs.” The first Dean of a stand-alone College of Pharmacy at Howard University was Dr. Chauncey I. Cooper, appointed in 1941.  Dean Cooper was the longest-serving Dean in the history of the College of Pharmacy, and retired in 1972.  The seven stars in the new seal represent the seven permanent deans who have served in that role from Dean Cooper in 1941 to Dean Wutoh, appointed in 2012.

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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.


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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