Helping to Reshape Pharmacy Practice

Oct. 16, 2015

Harlan Wand is an example of a dedicated public servant, a consummate professional and a devoted Wildcat. He has been honored with several awards from the University of Arizona and national organizations – most recently, the College of Pharmacy's 2015 Alumnus of the Year.

Harlan Wand retired this year after 26 years with the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy, including nine years as deputy director and 12 as executive director.

During his tenure, Wand was a key player in implementing changes in pharmacists' scope of practice and expanding public access to primary care. In addition, he has served on the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy since 2006 and recently was elected to its three-year leadership term.

Now Wand has big plans for the future.

"I plan to travel in my Airstream to major- and minor-league baseball games and bluegrass festivals, and serve as president-elect, president and finally chair of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy," he says.

Despite the breadth of his professional responsibilities, Wand always has made time to support the UA and the College of Pharmacy.

Lyle Bootman, dean of the College of Pharmacy, says: "He is a valuable reference for students and faculty, and when questions about pharmacy practice and regulation are discussed we often hear pharmacists recommend, 'Talk to Hal.'" 

Wand conducted the college's annual law review for over 15 years, served on its national advisory board for nearly a decade and also was a member of the UA Alumni Association national board of directors.

The UA Alumni Association will honor all recipients of the 2015 Alumni of the Year Awards during an Oct. 23 event to be held 3-5 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 520-621-7576.

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