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Sebok Pharmacy Lecture to Host CEO of NACDS

Jan 5, 2010

Steven C. AndersonSteven C. Anderson, CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), will be the inaugural speaker for the Sebok Pharmacy Lecture established by the Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy. Anderson will deliver his lecture, “Pharmacies: Changing the Face of Neighborhood Health Care,” on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

Anderson has been NACDS’s president and CEO since 2007. In 2009, under Anderson’s leadership, NACDS was named as one of the top places to work by CEO Update magazine.

“Dr. Sebok’s dedication, service and leadership to our college and the profession of pharmacy inspire us all. The Sebok Pharmacy Lecture will provide valuable insight to our current and future pharmacy students as they learn the profession and develop their leadership skills,” said Dr. Jon E. Sprague, professor and dean of the Raabe College of Pharmacy. “Having Mr. Anderson, a leader in the chain drug industry, serve as our speaker is a very appropriate way to inaugurate the Sebok Lecture.”

Named Association Executive of the Year in 2004 by Association Trends newspaper, Anderson joined only 25 men and women honored with that title since 1980. Mass Market Retailing magazine cited him as one of the 50 most influential people. On two occasions, Washingtonian magazine named him as one of the 50 best trade association executives. Fortune Small Business magazine selected him as one of its “Power 30” in America.

He has appeared on “NBC Nightly News,” “CBS Evening News,” “ABC World News Tonight,” “The Today Show,” C-SPAN, numerous CNN and FOX News television shows, and other major television and radio outlets. He has been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters and numerous other major domestic and international print publications.

The Sebok Pharmacy Lecture was established by alumni and friends to honor Dr. Albert A. Sebok, a 1953 graduate of the Raabe College of Pharmacy and one of its most distinguished alumni. A Cleveland native, Sebok joined Standard Drug as a store manager after graduation. In 1961, Revco acquired Standard, and Sebok began his rise in store operations, culminating in his appointment in 1971 as senior vice president for store operations of Revco DrugStores Inc. Under his leadership, Revco became the largest discount drug chain in America with over 2,000 stores. He was an original member of ONU’s Pharmacy Advisory Board and the founder and instructor of the college’s contemporary pharmacy practice class. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Ohio Northern in 1988.