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Sebok Pharmacy Lecture Series

The Sebok Pharmacy Lecture was established by alumni and friends of the College of Pharmacy to honor Dr. Albert A. Sebok, BSPh ’53, Hon. D. ’88, one of the Raabe College of Pharmacy’s most distinguished alumni. Sebok joined Standard Drug as a store manager after graduation. In 1961, Revco acquired Standard. Under Sebok's leadership as senior vice president for store operations, Revco DrugStores Inc. became the largest discount drug chain in America. 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.

The 2017 Sebok Pharmacy Lecture WILL BE held Feb. 16, 2017

The 2017 Sebok Lecture will be led by Larry J. Merlo, president and chief executive officer of CVS Health. The company, with net annual revenues of $153 billion, touches more than 100 million people each year through its unique combination of assets, including 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a comprehensive provider of pharmacy services to long-term care facilities, and expanding specialty pharmacy services.

Under Merlo’s leadership, the company is transforming health care by delivering breakthrough products and services that enable people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. As part of this deep commitment to public health, in 2014 the company announced the landmark decision to be the first major retail pharmacy to eliminate tobacco sales in all of its stores. To reflect this broader health care commitment, the company subsequently changed its corporate name to CVS Health.

Merlo, a pharmacist by education, joined CVS Pharmacy in 1990 through the company’s acquisition of Peoples Drug. Prior to assuming the role of president and CEO in 2011, Merlo held positions of increasing responsibility, most recently president of CVS Pharmacy. Under his leadership, the company completed some of the most successful acquisitions in the history of retail pharmacy and delivered significant organic growth in major markets across the country.

Merlo currently serves on the Board of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees. He also is a member of the Business Roundtable.

He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.


Previous Sebok Lecture Speakers:

  • 2016—John Armitstead, BSPh ’79, 2015 ASHP President and System Director of Pharmacy Services at Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, FL. ONU Video
  • 2015—Peggy Piascik, Ph.D, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy ONU Video
  • 2014—Lisa Tonrey, MHA, BPharm, PhC, FAPhA, CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service ONU Video
  • 2013—Dr. Julie A. Johnson, V. Ravi Chandran Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Florida Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine ONU Video
  • 2012—Thomas E. Menighan, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American Pharmacists Association (APhA), ONU Video, WLIO coverage
  • 2011—Dr. Carmen A Catizone, executive director, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, WLIO coverage-2011 Sebok Lecture
  • 2010—Steven C. Anderson, president and CEO, National Association of Chain Drug Stores