Raylene Rospond, deputy provost at Drake University, received the Robert G. Gibbs Distinguished Pharmacist Award at the 2013 Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA) Annual Meeting in Coralville, Iowa. The award recognizes pharmacists for outstanding contributions to the profession of pharmacy and the IPA.
The Distinguished Pharmacist Award is the highest recognition provided to a pharmacist by the Iowa Pharmacy Association. The award was initiated in 1979 in honor of IPA's former executive officer Robert G. Gibbs, who served the association from 1959-1979.
"To be selected to receive this award from amongst the entire population of past and present Iowa pharmacists is truly humbling,” says Rospond. “The previous award winners have made remarkable contributions and I am proud to be the first woman to be part of this august group of leaders."
Rospond received a recognition plaque and her name will be included on a master plaque at IPA headquarters. In addition, Rospond received a $500 scholarship grant, which is to be awarded to an Iowa-based college of pharmacy of her choice. The $500 will be granted to the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where Rospond formerly served as dean.