The Power of Education

Prior to graduating high school, Antonio Bush didn’t even know what a doctorate was.

Bush, a native of Columbus, Ga., was the first member of his family to attend college, and he relied heavily on his teachers and guidance counselors to aid him in his application to Albany State University, a small historically black university in Georgia.

Now, as an assistant professor of educational innovation and research at Carolina, his job is to help students with a similar background and improve the way the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy teaches those students to become successful in health-care professions.

“I take my position seriously as a black male faculty member,” Bush said. “In some cases, I’ve been told that I’m the first black male or black faculty member a student has interacted with. That’s powerful.”

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The Eshelman Institute for Innovation is made possible by a $100 million gift from Fred Eshelman to accelerate the creation and development of ideas leading to discoveries and transformative changes in education, research and health care. To learn more about the EII’s impact, visit

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