LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The University of Illinois College of Pharmacy has named Kirby Lester president and CEO Garry Zage its 2012 Alumnus of the Year, the pharmacy automation manufacturer said Tuesday.
Zage, who graduated from the college in 1977, purchased Kirby Lester in 2005. He has worked in pharmacy for more than 35 years and focused on pharmacy automation for more than 15 years, the company said, adding that the award recognizes graduates who are innovators, exhibit leadership and have contributed significantly to the pharmacy profession.
"Garry embodies what we are trying to produce in our educational programs at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy," college dean Jerry Bauman said. "His urgent work enables pharmacists to spend more time with patients, which is crucial, as the profession embraces the professional role of the pharmacist."