The Norman Transcript

February 24, 2013

OU Pharmacy dean earns national award for leadership

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — JoLaine R. Draugalis, dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, is the 2013 recipient of a national leadership award presented by The Pharmacy Leadership Society.

“The University family congratulates Dean Draugalis on this well-deserved recognition,” said OU President David L. Boren. “Her leadership has focused national attention on the excellence of OU’s pharmacy program.”

The annual award is bestowed on an individual who exemplifies leadership qualities in support of the pharmacy profession and has demonstrated “servant leadership” in areas such as education, associated work, community service, professional practice or mentoring.

Draugalis, who also is a David Ross Boyd Professor, will be presented the society’s highest individual award, the 2013 Phi Lambda Sigma – Proctor & Gamble National Leadership Award on March 2 at a ceremony in Los Angeles, Calif.

“I cannot think of a more worthy individual,” said M. Dewayne Andrews, M.D., MACP, senior vice president and provost of the OU Health Sciences Center and executive dean of the OU College of Medicine. “Dean Draugalis exemplifies what it is to be a servant leader. She is devoted to advancing the field through the education of tomorrow’s pharmacists.”

Draugalis was selected for the award by the Pharmacy Leadership Society executive committee. Her own faculty members led the effort to nominate her.

"I am honored and surprised, because I didn't even know I was nominated," said Draugalis of the award. "It just inspires me to keep contributing to the profession and to encourage others to do so as well.

Draugalis has been dean of the OU College of Pharmacy since 2007 and is a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science.

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