Recipients of the Outstanding Alumni Award
Recipients of the College of Pharmacy Outstanding Alumni Award represent community, clinical and corporate pharmacy leaders throughout South Carolina and beyond. This significant honor is bestowed annually upon one alumnus or alumnae who has demonstrated commitment to his or her professional area and dedication to the College. The awardee serves as the keynote speaker at the College of Pharmacy's Spring Convocation ceremony.
J. Lindsay Cobbs (1992 B.S. pharmacy) is the America’s Head, Global Regulatory Policy & Intelligence at UCB, a biopharmaceutical company based in Brussels, Belgium. In this position, he oversees regions in the US, Latin America and Canada. Lindsay leads a team responsible for developing and implementing strategies aimed at shaping regulatory policies, regulations, and legislation related to select healthcare issues. Cobbs has almost twenty years experience with the FDA, Johnson & Johnson and now UCB.
Cobbs has shown significant dedication to our pharmacy students and support of our outreach efforts to South Carolina high schools. In 2018, Cobbs established the James and Elizabeth Cobbs Pharmacy Diversity Outreach Fund designed to promote pharmacy education to underserved high schools in South Carolina. Cobbs is originally from St. George, S.C., and now lives in Washington, D.C.
Kenneth Long, R.Ph. (1980 B.S. pharmacy) is an exceedingly accomplished pharmacist, entrepreneur, and alumnus of the College of Pharmacy. Long is the president of Long's Drugs, a family-oriented, community pharmacy founded by his father, Eugene Long, in 1968. Today, the family business has grown to 23 stores across three states providing personalized, community-based healthcare for over 50 years.
Long established the Eugene P. and Lorraine M. Long Endowed Scholarship Fund in 2009, which provides support for College of Pharmacy students who are interested in pursuing a career in independent, community pharmacy.
Lynn Connelly (1978 B.S. pharmacy) is a vested member of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association. He has served in numerous positions with the pharmacy association, including President in 2005-2006. He is a member of the National Pharmacists Association, the American Pharmacists Association, and Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International. He serves on more than a dozen pharmacy-related boards and advisory committees.
The Honorable Hubert F. Mobley (1978 B.S. pharmacy) has been serving the Lancaster, S.C., area for over 30 years as a business owner and pharmacist at Mobley Drugs. He has been involved as a member of the S.C. Board of Pharmacy and has served on the University of South Carolina’s Board of Trustees since 2011.
C.E. "Gene" Reeder, R.Ph., Ph.D., (1972 B.S. pharmacy) serves as the Director of Outcomes Research for the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center and Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy.
The Honorable J. Michael Ross (1976 B.S. pharmacy) was born and grew up in Columbia, attending neighborhood schools before earning his pharmacy degree. He owned and operated a pharmacy in Blythewood for 24 years before he sold the business and turned to politics. He currently serves as mayor of Blythewood, a Richland County town of 3,000 residents.
Julian A. Reynolds, Jr. (1967 B.S. pharmacy) is president and owner of Reynolds Drug Store Inc. in Andrews, where he has practiced pharmacy since 1967. Throughout his career, Reynolds has been a leader in community and professional associations.
Reynolds is a recipient of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association’s 2008 Pharmacist Recognition Award and the 2012 South Carolina Pharmacist Recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia Award. He is a member of the American Pharmacists Association and the National Community Pharmacists Association and is a vested and life member of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association.
Marvin A. Hyatt, Sr. (1959 B.S. pharmacy) has owned and operated Good Pharmacy in Rock Hill, S.C., since 1963. He graduated from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 1959, is immunization certified and is a vested member of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association. He also serves on the South Carolina Long Term Care board.
Col. (Ret.) Everett B. McAllister, R.Ph. (1984 B.S. pharmacy) is a decorated service veteran. He entered the Air Force directly out of pharmacy school, where he participated in the school's Reserve Officer Training Commission program. During his military career he served in a variety of roles, directing pharmacies, clinical research, and pharmacy training programs.
Ronnie W. Cromer (1973 B.S. pharmacy) is a member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing the 18th district since 2003. As a life-long resident of Newberry County, Cromer has given more than 30 years of his life to public service. Cromer is a 30-year member of the South Carolina Army Reserve National Guard and served in the first Persian Gulf War and in Operation Desert Shield/Storm, receiving several distinguished service honors and retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
Donna J. Walker (1979 B.S. pharmacy) began her career working with her father at Cedar Terrace Pharmacy in Columbia, S.C. As a student at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, she was one of the founding members of the Zeta Chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma. Subsequently, she moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the American Pharmacists Association, the national professional society for pharmacists.
In 2013, Donna J. Walker ('79) created and endowed the Walker Pharmacy Leadership Scholars Endowment Fund for $525,000, launching a student leadership initiative that identifies, educates, and recognizes pharmacy student leaders at the UofSC College of Pharmacy.
William "Bill" Kennedy (1966 B.S. pharmacy) graduated from South Carolina’s pharmacy school and moved to Florida, where he began work as a pharmacist. Buying and expanding a pharmacy chain of his own, Kennedy also started a mail-order pharmacy service that eventually became a nationwide business. In the 1990s Kennedy bought Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp., which made sterile generic respiratory medications at its Orlando headquarters.