Fred S. Brinkley, Jr. is a native of San Antonio and resides in Austin, Texas. Mr. Brinkley received the B.S. in pharmacy from The University of Texas at Austin (UT), attended Drake University’s Graduate School of Public Administration, and received his M.B.A. from UTAustin. He currently coordinates and teaches the pharmacy law course at U.T. College of Pharmacy and serves as a pharmacy regulatory consultant.
Mr. Brinkley began his career as a community pharmacist in San Antonio, and subsequently served as a professional service representative for E.R. Squibb & Sons, Inc. From 1969 to 1972, he held a joint appointment as Director of Public Affairs of the Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA) and Assistant to the Dean of the UT College of Pharmacy. He also served as Director of the National Drug Abuse Education Training Center in San Antonio, a cooperative effort of the UT College of Pharmacy and the UT Medical School at San Antonio.
In 1972, Mr. Brinkley accepted an appointment as Director of the Iowa Drug Abuse Authority, an independent executive agency located within the Iowa Governor’s office. He served in this position until 1976 before accepting an appointment as Executive Director of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, a position he held for two decades. In 1997, Mr. Brinkley accepted a position as Vice President of Professional Affairs for Medco Health Solutions and remained in this position until he retired in 2009.
He has served as a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) Advisory Committee on Pharmaceutical Care, as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the APhA’s “Pharmacy Today,” and as a member-atlarge of the United States Pharmacopoeial Convention. Mr. Brinkley received the 1993 William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award and the 2005 Legend of Pharmacy Award from the UT Austin College of Pharmacy Alumni Association, and was honored by TPA as “2000 Pharmacist of the Year.” He also served as President of the UT College of Pharmacy Alumni Association, as well as Chairman of the U.T. College of Pharmacy Advisory Council.
Mr. Brinkley was recently appointed as the pharmacist member of the Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council by Governor Rick Perry for a term ending in August, 2015.