Pharmacy Faculty Granted Tenure, Promotions

Pharmacy Faculty

Left to right: Wood, Payne, Trippier, Alvarez, Black and Cox.

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved the promotion and tenure of six School of Pharmacy faculty members Feb. 21.

The group includes Laurence Wood, Ph.D., (Department of Immunotherapeutics and Biotechnology) from the Abilene campus; Kenna Payne, Pharm.D., (Department of Pharmacy Practice) and Paul Trippier, Ph.D., (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences) from the Amarillo campus; Carlos Alvarez, Pharm.D., and Robin Black, Pharm.D., (Department of Pharmacy Practice) from the Dallas/Ft. Worth campus; and Craig Cox, Pharm.D., (Department of Pharmacy Practice) from the Lubbock campus.

Alvarez, Trippier and Wood were granted tenure, effective Feb. 21. Trippier and Wood also were promoted from assistant professor to associate professor. In addition, Cox was promoted from associate professor to professor and Black and Payne were promoted from assistant professor to associate professor. All promotions are effective Sept. 1.

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School of Pharmacy


The School of Pharmacy was established in 1996 and now has campuses in Amarillo, Lubbock, Dallas and Abilene. Since its inception, the school has played a significant role in addressing the state's pharmacist shortage. Today, more than 90 percent of its graduates remain in Texas.

The school requires its students to complete more clinical training hours than any other pharmacy program in the country, making its students some of the most sought after graduates.