Kelly Smith is loving being back in Athens and her new role as the Dean of the UGA College of Pharmacy.
Name: Kelly Smith
Family: I love being an aunt to nieces Taylor and Erin Smith (Matthews, NC). My mom and dad (Janice and Ken Smith, Statesboro) are still my biggest fans.
Hometown: Statesboro, Ga.
Current Town: Athens, Ga.
What Years at UGA: 1987-1993 (it takes a while to get through pharmacy school!)
School/Degree: UGA College of Pharmacy – BSPharm (1992) and PharmD (1993)
Profession: All things pharmacy. Newly named Dean of UGA College of Pharmacy.
ACCOLADES: Proud to be a member of Zeta Tau Alpha (Gamma Pi Chapter, University of Georgia, initiated 1988) and receive the 2018 ZTA Foundation Outstanding Alumna Award. President of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), a 45,000 member organization.
Describe Athens in three words: Vibrant, welcoming, home
Fave bars and restaurant in Athens: The National, Last Resort Grill, George’s Low Country Table
Fave shops in Athens: Who’s had time to shop? (I just moved to the area). Although, I must admit I’ve already made several trips to TJMaxx/Home Goods.
Fave Athens landmark: Between the hedges in Sanford Stadium gameday IN ATHENS
Describe your typical Bulldog game day: In years past, it involved road trips from Statesboro. Listening to the Bulldog tailgate show on the drive up. Stopping in Lexington for boiled peanuts. Tailgating at spots all over campus. Food and beverage a plenty. I even remember tailgating near the College of Pharmacy when I was young – never did I dream that I would one day be working in that building as Dean! I look forward to establishing my new normal for game day now that I live in Athens.
Fave lipstick: Still searching for the perfect UGA red lipstick
Product you can’t live without: Moisturizer
Fave flower: Red tulip (4.)
Fave accessory: I can’t give up my watch.
Who inspires you? People who are authentic and giving of themselves.
Fave magazine: Haven’t picked one up in several years, I must admit.
Fave book: I always enjoy a good escape. Big Little Lies is a good one.
Fave song: I can’t commit to just one.
Fave artist: These days, anything from Bastille, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon and Matt Nathanson works.
Share a Tailgate Recipe
A staple for any Smith family gathering.
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 can of minced clams, partially drained (add an extra can for a burst of clam flavor)
2 tablespoons sour cream
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½-1 teaspoon garlic salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon lemon juice
Mix all until well blended. Refrigerate. Best if prepared at least 8 hours prior to serving. Serve with Fritos. Will serve approximately 4-6 people.
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