HISTORY OF THE APPALACHIAN COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
The College was founded in August 2003 as the University of Appalachia by Frank Kilgore, assistant county attorney for Buchanan County, Virginia. The Buchanan County Board of Supervisors and Buchanan County Industrial Development Authority requested that Mr. Kilgore establish a higher education institution as an economic, educational, and healthcare development project. The College is strategically positioned in Buchanan County, Virginia, which shares borders with Kentucky and West Virginia in the center of the Appalachian coalfields. The Appalachian region faces significant economic and educational barriers, as well as healthcare challenges. A previous report to the Virginia Legislature documented that residents of Southwest Virginia have difficulty obtaining and paying for healthcare, including dental and pharmaceutical care. By bringing higher education and advances in healthcare to the region, the College is well-positioned to be a catalyst for positive changes in economic development, education, and healthcare.
The College was awarded pre-candidate accreditation status with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in June 2005.
The College matriculated its first class of students in August 2005.
The College was awarded candidate accreditation status by ACPE in June 2007, permitting graduates to sit for the national pharmacy licensure examinations.
The College graduated its first class in the Spring of 2008
In February 2009 the College formally changed its name from University of Appalachia to the Appalachian College of Pharmacy.
In January 2010, the College was awarded full accreditation status by ACPE.
In January 2011 the College was awarded accreditation status by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)