Career Achievement Award

The Career Achievement Award is the pinnacle award bestowed upon alumni of the College of Pharmacy who have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of exemplary service in the field of pharmacy and service to Purdue. Career Achievement Award recipients will usually have already received the Distinguished Alumni Award and/or an Honorary Doctorate from the Purdue College of Pharmacy.The Dean of the College of Pharmacy solicits nominations for the award from faculty, staff, and alumni each spring. The Dean, in consultation with the Executive Committee, selects the award winner(s).The Career Achievement Award winners are honored during the Distinguished Alumni Awards weekend, and the winner must be present to receive the award.

 



2016 Career Achievement Award Recipient

Gregory D. Wasson (BS 1981)
Co-Founder and President, Wasson Enterprise
Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Walgreen Boots Alliance

"I can't stress enough the value of my education, whose core philosophies have always helped guide me. Advancing the role of community pharmacy in healthcare was always my center of gravity, and what I gained at Purdue took me far beyond pharmacy and into the broader healthcare industry."

Career Highlights

  • Being recommended for and landing one of Walgreens first pharmacy services internships by Dr. Robert Evanson while attending Purdue in 1980
  • Starting my career managing four Walgreens stores over five years in Houston, Texas (1981-1986)
  • Opening Walgreens Las Vegas market from scratch
  • Leading Walgreens Health Services division (2001-2007), including its managed-care business that incorporated its PBM, specialty pharmacy, mail service, and home care division
  • As CEO (2009-2015), transforming the company strategy to include advancing the role of community pharmacy in the U.S. and thus solidly positioning the company (and the pharmacy profession) as a healthcare provider, culminating with the company’s global merger with Alliance Boots (2015), and well-positioning Walgreens for the next century


Greg Wasson is the Co-Founder and President of Wasson Enterprise, a family business in Chicago that leverages family member skill sets to create new businesses, invests in early stage startups, and advises current businesses. He is also the former president and chief executive officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance. Prior to that position, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Walgreen Co. and as a member of its Board of Directors from 2009 until his retirement in January 2015.

In 2016, Greg and his wife, Kim (BS 1981), founded Wasson Enterprise, a new family-based investment firm working with passionate and driven entrepreneurs. Its business model is based on serving as a resource for startups vs. investing alone—to connect, mentor, market, and commercialize its partners’ dreams into a business.

Greg serves on the Board of Directors of Verizon Communications, Inc. and is a member of its Audit Committee and HR Committee. In 2015, he became a board director and member of the Audit Committee and Technology Subcommittee of PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. He joined Health Care Service Corporation, the largest customer-owned health insurance, as a board director. In addition, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Science and Industry and the board of World Business Chicago. He is a member of The Business Council, CEO Perspectives, The Economic Club of Chicago, The Commercial Club of Chicago, and Chicago Club. He received his BS in Pharmacy from Purdue University in 1981.
 



Previous Award Recipients

2016: Greg Wasson (BS 1981) - Photos from the ceremony can be viewed here.
2013: Ronald W. Dollens (BS 1970)
2006: Don M. Newman (BS 1947, HDR 1987)
2005: Gloria F. Francke (BS 1942, HDR 1988)

 

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