Alumna of the Year – 2007

The UW Pharmacy Alumni Association (PAA) Executive Committee named Cynthia Benning, RPh, the 2007 Alumna of the Year. Since graduating from the UW School of Pharmacy in 1977, Cindy has served her patients and the profession tirelessly. Currently she is operations manager of the pharmacy departments at Columbia-St. Mary’s and St. Mary’s Ozaukee campuses in Milwaukee.

Benning has been responsible for design and implementation of several innovative programs during her career including Pyxis® technology and training and quality assurance programs. She has been a member of the Pharmacy Technician Program Advisory Committee at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. A polished speaker and talented educator, Bening has given frequent lectures for a variety of groups including the Wisconsin Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Columbia Hospital College of Nursing, Planned Parenthood, the Wisconsin Pharmacists Association, the National Associations of Boards of Pharmacy, UW-Milwaukee, the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, and the UWSoP.

Bening has served as a delegate in the Wisconsin Pharmacists Association House of Delegates, as secretary and president of the Wisconsin Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and as a member, secretary and chair of the Wisconsin Pharmacy Internship Board. She was an influential member of the Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board from 1994 – 2006, serving as vice-chair and chair during her tenure. Concurrently, she served on the Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board and the State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse. She also served as a member of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) for over a decade, as a member of the Multistate Jurisprudence Examination Review Committee, and as an annual question reviewer and writer for the NABP jurisprudence exam.

During her career, Benning has served the UWSoP as a preceptor and member of the Board of Visitors. She served as a member of the UW School of Pharmacy Quality Review Council from 2001 – 2005. She also served the UW Pharmacy Alumni Association as president from 1992 – 1993 adn was a member of the PAA Board of Directors from 1993 – 1998.

Outside of the pharmacy profession, Benning is also actively involved in several community endeavors, including participation in Habitat for Humanity projects.

Among her many career accomplishments, Benning received the 1992 Hospital Pharmacist of the Year award, the PSW Government Affairs Award in 2003, and a 2001 Citation of Merit from the UW School of Pharmacy.