Title: Medical Educator
Company: Midlands Technical College
Location: Lexington, South Carolina, United States
Don Ballington, Medical Educator at Midlands Technical College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pharmacy education.
Mr. Ballington didn’t originally intend to go into the field that he did. Instead, he was just starting the first pharmacy technician program at the technical college system in South Carolina when he first came into contact with his future. Interested by the field, he did the developmental work and looked into the research aspect and found that he would like to pursue it further. He first earned a Bachelor of Science from Clemson University in 1968, and a year later earned a Master of Science at the institution. One of his earliest positions out of college was working as an animal nutritionist for Spartan Grain & Mill Co. He continued briefly at the South Carolina Department of Agriculture as a microscopist. From 1972 to 1979, Mr. Ballington made the change to education, working as an instructor of health science at the Midlands Technical College. Feeling connected to the field of academia and the effects of inspiring future generations of professionals, Mr. Ballington became the Director of the Pharmacy Technical Program in 1979. He remained in this position until his retirement in 2005.
In addition to his role with the Midlands Technical College, Mr. Ballington founded the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council located in Charleston, SC in 1991. Throughout his career, he has been involved as a consultant. After retiring, Mr. Ballington partook in continuing education work in South Carolina for pharmacy technicians for seven years. His work has been recognized on several different occasions. In 1987, he received the Founder’s Award from the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians. In 1991, he was recognized with the Publisher Award from the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
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