UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy Alumni Spotlight: Bill Farrell ’73

March 26, 2018

Over the course of his career, Bill Farrell has made it a priority to actively support the efforts of the Winkle College of Pharmacy, notably through his service as co-chair of the Pharmacy Alumni Council. Bill explains how staying engaged with the college as an alumnus has shaped his expansive career.

Tell us about your current role as a pharmacist. Where did your career begin?

FarrellI currently serve within the HealthSouth Northern Kentucky Rehabilitation Hospital system. My pharmacy experience began in my grandfather’s pharmacy during my teenage years. I have held various roles over the course of my career, including retail pharmacist and pharmacy owner. In addition to my professional responsibilities, I have remained actively involved within state and national pharmacy associations.

How did your student experience guide your career path? Did you have mentors who positively influenced your development as a pharmacist?

My early experiences as a student of pharmacy played a significant role in my overall development. I had an outstanding group of mentors including Richard “Dick” Wuest, L. Licton and Dr. Robert E. Lee. Each of these leaders inspired my classmates and me to remain highly active professionally and politically within the field of pharmacy on a local and national scale. Additionally, the college provided a space for learning, development and growth with my fellow students, a tradition that continues today.

What advice can you share for recent graduates?

I have seen our profession change dramatically over my years in pharmacy. Following graduation in the 1970s, the two most common career tracks were simply hospital or retail. Today, there are so many options that can create unique professional development experiences and longevity within one’s career. My main advice for new graduates is to keep your options open. Do not allow fear of the unknown keep you from taking a chance on your future. Your career options have no limits.

Why is it important to participate in the UC College of Pharmacy Alumni Council?

I encourage all graduates to maintain ongoing communication with the college. I have found it extremely motivating to stay engaged with college initiatives. The profession is constantly evolving. Whether your involvement includes mentoring, financial giving, or simply supporting the events of the college, you are able to stay ahead of the curve as it relates to changes on campus and within the profession. As a result, I understand what current students are learning and the direction the profession is going.

For more information about how to engage with the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, visit alumni.uc.edu/pharmacy.

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