Three CPHS faculty say ‘CU later’ as retirement draws near

Those who step foot on campus know there is something special about Campbell University. The inviting and intimate location, prestigious academics, Christian environment, and D1 sports are a few reasons students choose to make the Creek their home away from home. Having intentional, passionate, and diverse faculty is an added bonus that sets Campbell apart from other schools and draws students from across the world.

The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences has been the home to extensive growth and new beginnings over the years. Many of these changes could not have happened without the hard work and enthusiasm of its devoted faculty and staff. This summer, three charter faculty from two different programs will hang up their orange and black and say “CU later” to the Campbell family.

Originally a Tennessee native, Dr. David Coniglio, professor of Health Sciences and program director of Doctor of Health Sciences, received his charter faculty appointment in 2010 with the Department of Physician Assistant Practice. Coniglio taught and advised the charter PA class of 34 students. He remained with the PA program until 2018, and in 2020 he was reappointed to the Department of Public Health as the director of the Doctor of Health Sciences Program.

Coniglio shared, “I will miss professional relationships with my colleagues the most.” He is looking forward to spending more time with family, traveling, and re-acquainting himself with a variety of hobbies such as gardening, home repair, golf, amateur radio, and model railroading. His last day of work will be July 31.

In 1983, two students found themselves classmates at the University of Florida. In 1989, those classmates found themselves roommates during their Duke residency. After completing their residency in 1989, those roommates journeyed to Campbell together and were a part of successfully leading the charter pharmacy class to graduation. It seems only fitting that now, 34 years later, Dr. Steven Davis and Dr. Byron May are retiring together.

Davis is an associate professor of Pharmacy Practice. He also serves as a clinical pharmacist with a practice specialty in geriatrics at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist (AHWFB) in Winston Salem. He was the first clinical pharmacist on internal medicine at AHWFB and one of only ten clinicians. He assisted in establishing the residency program at AHWFB, and what started with two residency spots now has 23. He has served in various roles at Campbell during his tenure such as the course director for Therapeutics series and the course director for the GI Integrated Pharmacotherapy course.  

He will miss the caring and compassionate faculty, staff, and students the most. “I am honored to have played a very small role in the education and success of every single graduate from this program. These successes include Campbell graduates who are amazing clinicians, successful independent pharmacy owners, hardworking front-line retail pharmacists, members of Boards of Pharmacy and even a Pharmacy Dean and Provost of a university. Along with the other original founding faculty, I feel that our hard work contributed to the immediate and sustained success of the College of Pharmacy and which laid the foundation for the expansion into the Allied Health and Medicine degree programs,” Davis concluded.

He is looking forward to traveling outside of North America, spending time visiting his sons, and volunteering in the community. His last day of work will be May 31.

May, professor of Pharmacy Practice, joined the Campbell family in 1989 as the Internal Medicine Clinical faculty member at Duke University Hospital. Through the years, he has served in a variety of roles from assistant and associate professor to vice-chair and chairman of the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

May joined the faculty because he wanted to be a teacher, and he has been blessed to teach every graduating class from the charter class to the class of 2023. He will miss the students and faculty, but is looking forward to working on his family farm and being bossed around by his wife and daughter.

“I am proud to have played a small part in the story that is the Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and thank all of those who educated, trained, and mentored me over the years to have the little success I have had but importantly the ability to give back to others what I have learned,” he concluded. His last day of work will be May 31.

Michael L. Adams (’96 PharmD), dean of the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, expressed his gratitude and appreciation to all three faculty. “Your time of service has left an unforgettable impact on students, faculty, and staff. Thank you for your dedication to CPHS and commitment to educate the next generation of health care providers!”