Charles C. Thomas

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Charlie Thomas Scholarship by Phi Lambda Sigma as part of the APhA Foundation Student Scholarship Program. The scholarship will honor distinguished pharmacists Charles C. Thomas, RPh, FAPhA. Thomas is a 1965 graduate of the Auburn University School of Pharmacy. While a student at Auburn University, he founded Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership society. Today, the society has chapters in 98 colleges and schools of pharmacy and is continuing Thomas’ vision of supporting leader development and recognizing leadership talent in student pharmacists and practitioners. 

Charlie Thomas, RPh, currently serves as the Pharmacy Director for the Alabama Department of Public Health. He joined the Public Health Department in 1997 and has been a team leader for emergency preparation and training activities conducted in the state. Thomas is supervisor for the Controlled Substances Database in Alabama. In addition, he is an active participant in Regional and National Disaster Planning Activities. Prior to working for the Department of Public Health, Thomas practiced in community pharmacy for over 35 years, and was the owner of a community pharmacy in Huntsville, Alabama. 

Charlie Thomas is a Past President of the Alabama Pharmacy Association, Alabama State Board of Pharmacy and Auburn University School of Pharmacy Alumni Association. He currently serves as an Affiliate Faculty Member for both Auburn University and Samford University schools of pharmacy and serves on each School’s Dean’s Advisory Committee. He is an active member of the American Pharmacists Association having served as Chair of the APhA-APPM Community/Ambulatory Section, Delegate to the House of Delegates, member of the APhA Strategic Directions Committee, APhA-PAC and on numerous Advisory Committees. Charlie Thomas is a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association and is the 2005 recipient of the APhA-ASP Linwood F. Tice Friend of the Academy of Student Pharmacists.