UT professor elected to honor society’s national board of directors

October 15, 2010 | News, UToday
By Samantha Pixler



Dr. Curtis Black, Merck Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at The University of Toledo, has been elected vice president for finance for Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and largest all-discipline honor society.

Black’s two-year appointment as vice president for finance involves serving on Phi Kappa Phi’s national Board of Directors, as chair of the society’s Investment Committee, and as a member of the Finance and Budget Committee and the Programs and Awards Review Committee. He began his new post last week.

“It is such an honor to be elected because this organization has special meaning to me,” Black said. “My father was one of the founding members of The University of Toledo chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, and I was inducted into the society while an undergraduate student at UT.”

The election was held in August at the biennial convention of the organization in Kansas City, Mo. Black, a Toledo native, has been a member of Phi Kappa Phi since 1973 and also was a former president of the UT chapter. Since 2007, he has been chair of the Investment Committee for the honor society.

“Being a member of a national honor society provides a level of recognition for your achievements. Phi Kappa Phi offers more than $800,000 in scholarships for development programs such as studying abroad and Reading for Literacy,” Black said.

“As a national officer, I want to strive for more UT students to become involved in the honor society and take the opportunity to become more engaged with the resources these programs have to offer.”

This honor follows Black’s recent successes that include the cover story in the April issue of Pharmacy Today, a national magazine of the American Pharmacists Association, about his contribution in the surveying and implementation of medication therapy management in Ohio. Medication therapy management, otherwise known as MTM, is the active management of a patient’s drug therapy and identification and prevention of medication-related problems.

Black also serves as chair of the Ohio Pharmacists Association’s Disease State Management and Medication Therapy Management Task Force of about 60 pharmacists who are striving to implement the practice of MTM in more pharmacies across Ohio.

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