Past honorees


  • Daniel Acosta, Jr., Ph.D., B.S. ’68, the William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award
  • Gay Dodson, R.Ph., B.S. ’69, Legends of Pharmacy, and
  • Eric Ho, Pharm.D. ’12, Distinguished Young Alumnus Award.

William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Honoree

acostaDaniel Acosta, Jr. Ph.D., B.S. ’68. Before he began his academic career, Daniel Acosta, Jr. graduated first in his class at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in 1968. He decided to pursue a graduate degree in pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Kansas and was awarded a four-year National Science Foundation Traineeship, which at the time was one of the most nationally competitive graduate fellowships available to first year graduate students. Before he could begin graduate school, he was drafted into the US Army and served in South Korea. He received his PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. He and his wife, Patricia, have three daughters: Anna, Elise, and Dani.

He was the 4th dean of the University of Cincinnati’s James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy from 1996 to 2011 and a member of the faculty from 2012 through 2013. He was a member of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy faculty (1974-1996) where he helped develop a nationally ranked program in toxicology as the founding Director of the Graduate Toxicology Training Program. Dr. Acosta was selected as the Deputy Director for Research at the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research in 2014. He helps manage a research budget of nearly $100 million and supervises over 200 scientists at NCTR.

At the University of Texas College Of Pharmacy, he was instrumental in promoting the profession of pharmacy and the discipline of toxicology to high school students, undergraduate students majoring in the sciences, pharmacy students, and graduate students in the pharmaceutical sciences. He was able to channel those efforts in attracting quality students of diversity into pharmacy, the biomedical sciences, and toxicology by receiving NIH Summer Research Training Program grants for minority high school students and undergraduates. Because of his dedication to graduate education, he was the first professor at the University of Texas at Austin to receive an NIH graduate training grant in any discipline, which, in his case, was one of the first toxicology training grants in the state of Texas. While at the University of Texas, he was very active in student organizations, serving as faculty advisor to the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society, Phi Delta Chi (a professional pharmacy fraternity), and the Minority Association of Pharmacy Students. Because of his contributions to student organizations, he was honored as the Outstanding Faculty Advisor in 1996 by the University of Texas Ex-Student Association. For his leadership of the University of Texas Toxicology Graduate Program, he was awarded the Burroughs Wellcome Toxicology Scholar Award, one of toxicology’s highest awards for an individual who has contributed to the success and development of the discipline. He has mentored over 30 PhD, Masters, and postdoctoral fellows while he was a professor at UT. In addition, he worked with over 50 pharmacy, undergraduate, and high school students in his laboratory during his tenure in the College of Pharmacy.

As Dean of the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati, he worked closely with the faculty, staff, and administration to implement an entry level Pharm.D. Program, which resulted in the admission of its first class into the four year curriculum in 2000. During his tenure as Dean, he provided direction and resources to enhance the research and scholarly activities of the faculty, such that annual external grant funding increased from $350,000 to close to $3,500,000. Through his leadership efforts, several new degree programs were implemented in the professional and MS/PhD programs of the college, including one of the first national Master’s degrees in Drug Development. He was the first and only Hispanic dean at the University of Cincinnati and the only Hispanic dean of pharmacy among the research-intensive colleges of pharmacy across the country. Through his activities, he established the College’s first Council on Diversity and promoted the recruitment of qualified minority students into pharmacy. Through his leadership in development activities, he attracted the assistance of one of the College’s distinguished alumni to help in the naming of the College and at the time it was the largest gift to the University from an individual.   He was appointed the Joseph W. Carl Chair of Pharmacy for his many contributions to the College and University. His high school (Austin High School in El Paso) honored him as its Outstanding Ex in 2008.

He was very active in pharmacy organizations, such as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. He served on the Academic Affairs, Graduate Studies, Nominations, and Faculty Development Committees for AACP; and served on several ACPE site visit teams responsible for evaluating other schools of pharmacy for accreditation purposes. He was a member of the AACP Task Force on Faculty Workforce. He was nominated as one of two candidates for Chair, Council of Deans at AACP in 2010. In addition, he was the chair of three international panels responsible for reviewing the curriculum of three schools of pharmacy in the United Arab Emirates. He was the past-chair of the Council of Ohio Colleges of Pharmacy, an organization that promotes cooperation among the seven colleges in the education of pharmacy students in the state. He is currently serving on three College of Pharmacy advisory boards at: the University of Texas; the University of Missouri at Kansas City; and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

While Dr. Acosta was at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy, he developed an internationally-recognized research program in the relatively new field at that time-in vitro toxicology-which led to his prominence in professional societies of toxicology across the world. He was the first Hispanic toxicologist elected as President of the Society of Toxicology, the most prestigious professional toxicology organization in the world. He was very active in promoting globally the discipline of toxicology and he has visited many countries in Europe, South America, and Asia to establish stronger activities in toxicology in these countries. Because of these activities, he was elected President of the International Union of Toxicology, a federation of over 60 countries and their national toxicology organizations. Through his leadership, several new societies have been established in Africa and Asia.

Legend of Pharmacy Award Honoree

Gay DodsonGay Dodson, R.Ph., B.S. ‘69. After graduation, Gay worked as a community pharmacist in the Dallas area for 13 years. While working as a community pharmacist, she was an active member of the local, state, and national pharmacy associations.

Gay has been an employee of the Board since November 1982 and served for 2 years as Field Compliance Officer in the Houston Area, 3 years as Senior Compliance Officer in the Austin office, and almost 10 years as Director of Compliance before being appointed to her present position as Executive Director on June 28, 1997. In her position as Executive Director, Gay serves as the chief executive officer of the agency and an ex-officio member and secretary of the Board of Pharmacy.

Gay Dodson’s awards and recognitions include: 2013 Kappa Epsilon Career Achievement Award; 2012 State Agency Council to the Governor’s Commission for Womens, Outstanding Women in Texas Government; 2010 Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists’ Distinguished Service Award; 2007 National Association of Board’s of Pharmacy’s Lester E. Hosto Distinguished Service Award; 2006 Texas Pharmacy Association’s Distinguished Service Award; 2000 University of Texas College of Pharmacy William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award; 1997, Recognition Award from the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists in ” recognition of her commitment, leadership, and dedication in advancing the practice for pharmacists and the patients they serve ,” 1993 award for Outstanding Service from the Texas Pharmacy Association; and the 1989 Linda T. Rodgers Memorial Leadership Award from Kappa Epsilon.

Ms. Dodson is also a Past-President of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy Alumni Association and is an active member of the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band.

Distinguished Young Alumnus Honoree

eric hoEric Ho, Pharm.D. ’12, currently serves as Vice President, Specialty Pharmacy & Industry Affairs for Paragon Healthcare, a multispecialty healthcare corporation headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. In this role he is responsible for the operational success of the Paragon specialty pharmacy portfolio and serves as Paragon’s liaison to industry and government stakeholders.

Previously, Eric served as Vice President, Medication Information for RxWiki Inc. a venture-backed digital media startup in Austin, Texas and a cofounder at JunoRx, a remote prescription fulfillment technology developer.

Eric is highly active in leadership having actively served as board member of the Texas Pharmacy Association, the Texas PharmPAC, and the Texas Exes. He is presently a member of the National Home Infusion Association Standards & Accreditation Committee, Innovatix Legislative and Regulatory Advisory Board, and URAC Pharmacy Advisory Group. Through these commitments, Eric remains deeply committed to the cause of promoting pharmacists as effective healthcare providers.


  • Bethany Boyd, B.S. ’88, M.S. ’94 and Ph.D. ’97, the William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award
  • Paul F. Davis, B.S. ’70, Legends of Pharmacy, and
  • Rebecca Attridge, Pharm.D. ’08 and M.S. ’10, Distinguished Young Alumnus Award.

William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Honoree

photo of bethany boydBethany Boyd, B.S. ’88, M.S. ’94, and Ph.D. ’97, has been active in professional pharmacy association leadership at the local, state, and national levels. She has served in the American Pharmacists Association as speaker and speaker-elect of the House of Delegates (1999-2001) and as member of the Board of Trustees (1999-2001); in the Texas Pharmacy Association as vice president (2004-2005) and as member at large of the Board of Directors (2003-2004). She has served on the board of directors in the El Paso Pharmacy Association (2005-2009), the Dallas County Pharmacy Association (2009-present) and the Bexar County Pharmacy Association (1998-2001). She was president-elect and president of the Dallas County Pharmacy Association (2012-2014). She has been a member of the College of Pharmacy Alumni Association’s Executive Council since 2005 and helped establish the association’s mentoring program in 2011. She has served since 2000 as the medical outcomes specialist for Pfizer Inc. In addition, she is an adjunct clinical professor for Texas Tech School of Pharmacy and a visiting instructor within the School of Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington. In 2012, she was named a fellow in the American Pharmacists Association’s Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management. She has been honored as a Pfizer Value Maker (2006), as recipient of the Texas Pharmacy Association’s Individual Educational Excellence Award (2005), the Pfizer TACU of the Year Award (2004). She was cited as presenting the Outstanding Power by the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (2004), to the Leadership Circle of the UT Austin College of Pharmacy, and as the Texas Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year (1993). She lives in Allen with her two sons, Hayden, a junior geology major, and Graham, a freshman biology major. They are both in the Longhorn Band, following their mom who was in the Texas Tech Goin’ Band from Raiderland in her pre-pharmacy days.

Legend of Pharmacy Award Honoree

photo of paul davisPaul F. Davis, B.S. ‘70, has advanced the profession through leadership in pharmacy associations. In 1972, he began service as director of public affairs with the Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA). Davis was named executive director of the Kentucky Pharmacists Association (KPhA) in 1978, a position he held until 1986 when he returned to TPA to serve first as associate executive director and later as executive director. He was named executive director of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) in 2003, retiring from that position in 2014. In 2010, Davis was named executive director for the New Mexico Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NMSHP), a position he held until his retirement. At each of the organizations he worked for he was successful in increasing membership, income, member satisfaction and development of new services and programs. His honors and recognitions include: from TPA (Leadership Award, Honorary Life Member, Distinguished Service Award); from KPhA (Distinguished Service Award, Honorary Life Member); from TSHP (Board Recognition Award, Distinguished Service Award); from NMSHP (Board Leadership Award); and from the UT College of Pharmacy (William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award). In addition, he has served as vice chairman of the board for the Texas Society Association Executives; certified association executive for the American Society of Association Executives; vice president of the National Council of State Pharmacy Association Executives; president of the UT Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, and first president, UT Pharmacy. He married Beth Chamberlain in 1968. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Distinguished Young Alumnus Honoree

rebecca attridge photoRebecca Attridge, Pharm.D. ’08 and M.S. ’10, is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Feik School of Pharmacy in San Antonio. Among her faculty responsibilities, she serves as the residency program director for the school’s two-year pharmacotherapy residency program. In this role, she has played an instrumental role in advancing student learning through team based learning, developing a critical care elective, and securing a grant to support a study abroad program. The Class of 2011 named her the faculty APPE Preceptor of the Year and she was named the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy Faculty of the Year for 2013-2014. Additionally, she serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine within the Department of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). She provides clinical pharmacy services in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital in San Antonio where she has become an integral team member as an expert in her field. Attridge completed a two-year specialty residency in pharmacotherapy through UT Austin and at UTHSCSA. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and eight book chapters. She is one of the editors for the recent pocket therapeutics guide, Internal Medicine: A Guide to Clinical Therapeutics. Her research interests include critical care medicine and infectious diseases. She is married to fellow alumnus Russell Attridge, Pharm.D. ’08; M.S. ’10, who also is a UIW associate professor of pharmacy.


  • Kenneth Lawson, recipient of the William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award;
  • James McKinley, recipient of the Legend of Pharmacy Award;
  • Dave Miller, recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award

William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus honoree
Ken LawsonKenneth Lawson has been a committed member of the UT College of Pharmacy community since his undergraduate days. Lawson received his BS from the UT College of Pharmacy in 1975 and his master’s in pharmacy in 1989. He  earned his Ph.D. in pharmacy administration in 1992 and began his teaching career at the college shortly thereafter.  His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and, in 2007, received the Journal of Managed Pharmacy Award for Excellence for his paper “Comparison of Mail-Order with Community Pharmacy in Plan Sponsor Cost and Member Cost in Two Large Pharmacy Benefit Plans.” Lawson also has been a leader in professional organizations including TPA and APhA where he has served as member-at-large and on the EAS committee.  While Lawson is a respected scholar in his own right, his true passion is for sharing his knowledge with his fellow Longhorns.  In his years at the College of Pharmacy, Lawson has served as the supervising professor for more than 30 students and has been involved in the training of more than 130.  However, his role as a mentor does not end with graduation; rather, he continues to offer encouragement and insight to fellow UT alumni throughout their careers.  Further, Lawson has twice been named recipient of the Texas Excellence Teaching Award (1994-95 and 2010-11). He frequently serves as the supervising pharmacist at numerous student-run health screenings each year.  As evidenced by his nominations, Lawson’s generous support of his colleagues and students has left an indelible impact on the college community.


Legend of Pharmacy Award honoree
James McKinleyJames McKinley’s status as a pharmacy legend was cemented through his pioneering work in the field of hospital pharmacy.  Following a stint in the Army during World War II, McKinley earned a B.S. in pharmacy at The University of Texas Magna Cum Laude in 1948 and pursued a master’s at the University of Maryland combined with a two year internship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Pharmacy. In his three decades as the director of pharmacy at MD Anderson, he transformed a small, one-man operation into a thriving pharmacy department staffed by over 200. He implemented many innovative programs, such as the IV admixture program and unit-dose systems, that put MD Anderson at the forefront of hospital pharmacy.  After stepping down as director of pharmacy services in 1977, McKinley remained on staff as an assistant to help with the transition. His dedication to patient care and mentorship were not limited to his own pharmacy, however. In addition to his duties at MD Anderson, McKinley took on leadership roles in professional organizations, including serving terms as president of TSHP and as a member of the ASHP executive council, and worked as an adjunct and clinical professor at UT Austin and the University of Houston.  Although he has been retired many years, McKinley is still well-regarded in the pharmacy community as an innovator and a positive role model, always leading by example in his dedication to the profession.


Distinguished Young Alumnus honoree
Dave MillerAlthough Dave Miller has certainly distinguished himself by virtue of an impressive body of scholarship, it is through his dedication to innovative pharmaceutics, his work ethic, and his passion for guiding future scientists that makes him stand out among his fellow alumni.  His business savvy and groundbreaking work have made Miller a young leader in the pharmaceutical industry.  From his days as a UT research assistant under the supervision of Robert O. Williams and James McGinity, he showed great promise. Miller co-invented two patent applications and co-authored several journal articles and two book chapters during his years at the College of Pharmacy.  He completed his Ph.D. in pharmaceutics in 2007 and soon thereafter parlayed his impressive academic credentials into a position as a principal scientist with Hoffman-LaRoche.  During his tenure there, he was a finalist for the Roche Pharma CEO Award for Innovation and Excellence in 2009 and was honored with the Silver Medal for Outstanding Research Poster at the Roche Amorphous Technologies Symposium in 2010. Miller soon co-founded and currently serves as the vice president of research and development at DisperSol Technologies. Through his work with DisperSol, he has remained deeply involved with the training of future pharmaceutical scientists at The University of Texas at Austin, giving lectures, ensuring student scholarship funding, and providing state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to the College of Pharmacy.


  • Billy Wylie , recipient of the William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award;
  • Rudy Davila, recipient of the Legend of Pharmacy Award;
  • Mark Newberry, recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award; and
  • Aida Garza, recipient of the Wm. Arlyn Kloesel Preceptor of the Year Award

William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus honoree
Billy WylieBilly Wylie: In his lifetime, Mr. Billy Wylie made outstanding contributions to the pharmacy profession as both a practitioner and educator. Certainly, the tremendous outpouring of support to nominate him for the College of Pharmacy’s most prestigious award demonstrates that Mr. Wylie was, above all else, a beloved friend. Mr. Wylie passed away on March 28, 2013 at age 86 leaving behind a legacy of excellence at his beloved UT College of Pharmacy and an indelible mark on the pharmacy profession. Mr. Wylie was born in Pine Hill, Texas, the youngest of 10 children, and worked on the family farm that sustained them during the Great Depression.  After serving in WWII, Mr. Wylie returned to UT (where he previously received a B.S. in chemistry) and earned a B.S. in pharmacy.  He was a retail pharmacist for White’s Pharmacy in downtown Austin for 7 years before joining the College of Pharmacy as a faculty member, as well as Director of the Student Health Center pharmacy. He later earned an M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.  Mr. Wylie is known for having a strong desire to learn and for being an effective communicator and educator. He taught pharmacy practice and pharmacy law at the UT College of Pharmacy for 33 years.  Colleagues remember that he demonstrated a great care and passion for pharmacy to the over 3,000 pharmacy students he taught during his career.  One friend states, “Mr. Wylie was not only a teacher, but a friend and a professional colleague of the highest standing. We all took a little of Billy Wylie with us into our various pharmacy careers, and we were all much better individuals, as well as pharmacists.” Because of his enduring commitment, Mr. Wylie’s family chose to establish the Billy B. Wylie Scholarship in Pharmacy to ensure that his legacy will continue by helping pharmacy students. Mr. Wylie is predeceased by his wife, Wanda. His daughter, Clare Wylie, will accept this award on his behalf. She is a practicing pharmacist in Austin.

Legend of Pharmacy Award honoree
Rodolfo Davila Jr.Rodolfo Davila, Jr. : Mr. Rodolfo Davila, Jr. (“Rudy”) undoubtedly is a shining example of what a true pharmacy legend should be. He has owned and operated Davila Pharmacy, an innovative family-run pharmacy in one of the most impoverished areas of San Antonio, for over 58 years. Mr. Davila opened his pharmacy next door to Davila Food Store, which was established by his family in 1904. The Davilas were known to be a close-knit family that thrived on serving community members and leading economic development in this area. Mr. Davila earned his B.S. in pharmacy from UT in 1955. He and his beloved wife, Dorothy, have two children, Rudy and Rosette, both of whom are pharmacists at Davila Pharmacy. In fact, Rudy’s wife, Jackie, also is a pharmacist. All are UT graduates whose strong loyalty to UT is only surpassed by their loyalty to their namesake pharmacy. In fact, Mr. Davila established a family scholarship in 1999 at UT to support students in financial need. This scholarship is one of the largest endowments in the College of Pharmacy’s history and has contributed to the success of numerous students. Mr. Davila is truly a pharmacy leader and humanitarian: he advocates for independent pharmacies, has been a member of the UT College of Pharmacy Advisory Council for many years, devotes time and resources to improving his community and employing individuals, and is committed to nurturing pharmacy students, especially those with great potential, but limited resources. One colleague notes that Mr. Davila has changed the lives of people in his community by giving them much-needed medical resources, employment opportunities, and by revitalizing the neighborhood. Despite his impressive career and contributions, Mr. Davila is known to be humble, always quietly helping his neighbors, family, and friends.

Distinguished Young Alumnus honoree
Mark NewberryMark Newberry: Dr. Mark Newberry graduated from the UT College of Pharmacy with a Pharm.D. degree in 2003. He is a third-generation owner and President of Tarrytown Pharmacy in Austin, Texas that has been in operation since December 6th, 1941. Dr. Newberry’s grandfather, Jack Newberry, and father, Brian Newberry, also a UT College of Pharmacy graduate, owned and operated the store before him. In 2008, under Dr. Newberry’s leadership, McKesson Drug Company awarded Tarrytown Pharmacy the South Region Pharmacy of the Year for its commitment to patients and community service. It was the first time a pharmacy in Texas was given that honor. One nominator notes that Dr. Newberry has dramatically expanded the scope of pharmacy services at Tarrytown Pharmacy to make his pharmacy among the most innovative and customer-service oriented pharmacies in Austin. Dr. Newberry’s commitment to the College of Pharmacy is strong; though he graduated only 10 years ago, he has served on the time-intensive curriculum committee and is slated to chair the UT College of Pharmacy Advisory Council.  He is also a strong supporter of his alma mater’s programs and, in particular, of the student-run health initiative, Project Collaborate, to which he has made a multi-year pledge.

Wm. Arlyn Kloesel Preceptor of the Year honoree
Aida Garza: Dr. Aida Garza is an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist at CommUnityCare Health Centers in Austin, Texas. Previously, she was a relief staff pharmacist at Scott & White and at Wal-Mart. She graduated from the UT College of Pharmacy in 2007 and has been a preceptor for UT students since 2009.  One nominator writes that it is evident that Dr. Garza “truly enjoys teaching and mentoring students.  She has an excellent way of finding out what a student already knows and expanding on that knowledge.” Another nominator wrote that he appreciated all the time she put into teaching him, including conducting an intense evaluation process.  He feels that he will be a more effective pharmacist because of her attention and efforts. Dr. Garza is known to have strong compassion for patients, as one nominator observed that she would take time to teach them about their disease states in a way that motivated them to take an active role in their care.  In fact, the nominator wrote, patients would often stop by to say “hello” to her when she was free. Though she only recently graduated from pharmacy school, Dr. Garza’s commitment to the pharmacy profession, to patients, and to students is evident in her outstanding service as a preceptor.


  • Mark Zamutt, recipient of the William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award;
  • Kenneth Tiemann , recipient of the Legend of Pharmacy Award;
  • Nile Barnes, recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award; and
  • Steven Knight, recipient of the Wm. Arlyn Kloesel Preceptor of the Year Award

William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus honoree
Mark ZamuttMark Zamutt, R.Ph., has built a solid pharmacy career and has been a strong advocate for the profession since graduating from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in 1980. He is the outpatient pharmacy services supervisor at University Medical Center-Brackenridge in Austin, Texas and has more than 30 years of experience in pharmacy practice and management. He has twice been named president of the Capital Area Pharmacy Association and has held a variety of leadership positions with Texas Pharmacy Association. He truly bleeds orange and is known for his loyalty and support of his alma mater and its students.  He enjoys educating students and has been a UT preceptor for more than 22 years.  He has served on the UT College of Pharmacy admissions committee and on the UT College of Pharmacy Alumni Association Executive Council.  Zamutt has coordinated the College of Pharmacy’s annual Legend of Pharmacy Golf Tournament, an event that raises money for the Student Professional Development Endowment.

Legend of Pharmacy Award honoree
Kenneth TiemannKenneth Tiemann’s legendary pharmacy career spans almost 60 years.  He received his B.S in 1952 and his M.S. in 1959, both from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.  In addition, he holds a Ph.D. in health services management from Century University in California.  Tiemann served as chief pharmacist of the university’s Student Health Center from 1955 until 1961, after which he went into community pharmacy practice.  He owned and operated an independent pharmacy, directed pharmacy services at Brown Schools for Exceptional Children and at Westminster Hospital, and served as a consultant to various nursing homes and extended-care facilities.  He recently retired from American Pharmaceutical Services, a division of Omnicare Inc.  He served as an adjunct professor within the college and was an early member of the UT Pharmaceutical Foundation Advisory Council. Tiemann played a crucial role in developing early regulations of consultant pharmacy practice.  He has received many awards for his work in pharmacy. One nominator writes that he “is passionate in his love of the profession of pharmacy.”  A true trailblazer in the profession, Tiemann is known for his steadfast goal and message: “defend and protect the profession!”

Distinguished Young Alumnus honoree
J. Nile BarnesJ. Nile Barnes, Pharm.D., is a clinical assistant professor in the Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice division at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Barnes taught at the University of Incarnate Word and at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He graduated with his Pharm.D. from the UT College of Pharmacy in 2005 and completed a residency in internal medicine in 2006. Since that time, he has had extensive experience in hospital pharmacy practice, including work at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hospital and at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Austin. Prior to becoming a pharmacist, the award recipient received his B.S. in Zoology from UT Austin and worked as an emergency medical technician. Barnes is an active member of many committees and organizations, including the UT College of Pharmacy Alumni Association where he has served on its executive council since graduation. In addition to teaching in a classroom, Barnes maintains a practice site at University Medical Center – Brackenridge where he serves as a preceptor to students. As one nominator writes, “Dr. Barnes has always been a source of inspiration to me as a clinician, and I feel the university and the profession should have nothing but a high sense of pride in his accomplishments.”

Wm. Arlyn Kloesel Preceptor of the Year honoree
Steven KnightSteven Knight, Pharm.D. is a transplant staff pharmacist at Methodist Dallas Medical Center in Dallas, Texas where he developed transplant clinical rounding services with nephrology and hepatology teams. In addition to precepting P3 and P4 students, he mentors postgraduate pharmacy residents. Knight is an active member of Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Metroplex Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and Methodist Dallas Medical Center Residency Advisory Committee. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in 2009.  According to one nominator, he is supportive and encourages his students to “see the big picture” when examining patients. Knight is known to set an example for students to respect patient privacy, to show great attention to detail, and to invest time with patients. He is dedicated to educating students, and encouraging them to join professional organizations and to stay connected to fellow alumni.


  • Ms. Donna Burkett, recipient of the William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award;
  • Mr. Billy Woodward, recipient of the Legend of Pharmacy Award;
  • Dr. Chris Frei (San Antonio, TX), recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award; and
  • Dr. Diane Schuetze, recipient of the Wm. Arlyn Kloesel Preceptor of the Year Award.

William J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus 
Donna BurkettDonna Burkett, R.Ph. and MS, has more than 25 years experience in hospital pharmacy management.  She currently serves as clinical associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in the Division of Pharmacy Practice where she teaches hospital pharmacy management courses and coordinates the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences.  Previously, Ms. Burkett was director of the pharmacy at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center in Round Rock, director of pharmacy for Texsan Heart Hospital, and director of pharmacy and ancillary services at Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital.  Ms. Burkett served on the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (1997-2004), serving as board president from 2001-2002.   In 2003, she was appointed to the Texas Health & Human Services Commission Medicaid Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics Committee where she served as vice chair.  Ms. Burkett also has served as president of both the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Central Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in pharmacy in 1972 and an M.S. in pharmacy administration in 2000.  A nominator noted that Ms. Burkett has always had “a love and passion for the UTCOP” and often states that none of her accomplishments would be possible without the education she received from her alma mater.

Legend of Pharmacy award 
Billy WoodwardBilly Woodward, R.Ph., has more than 35 years of experience in healthcare.  He started Renaissance Innovative Pharmacy Services, Ltd., a consulting company, in 2003 and has contracted extensively with Ernst & Young Health Sciences Advisory Services.  Mr. Woodward also serves as clinical associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.  He was executive director of pharmacy at Scott & White Hospital in Temple for 25 years where he developed and managed eight retail pharmacies, the inpatient pharmacy, clinic services, and the managed care programs for Scott & White Health Plan.  Mr. Woodward currently serves as chairman of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation and as treasurer of the hospital section of the International Federation of Pharmacists.  Mr. Woodward has received the ASHP’s Whitney Lecture Award and Leadership Award.  He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in pharmacy in 1963.  One nominator refers to Mr. Woodward as “A man for all seasons” who has worked tirelessly to build partnerships and develop programs to enhance the quantity and quality of experiential experiences for students.  It was noted that Mr. Woodward actively works with the College of Pharmacy to develop students’ professionalism and leadership skills.  Another nominator commented that Mr. Woodward was key in establishing Scott & White’s partnership with The University of Texas and that he has “devoted his life to patient care and institutional pharmacy practice.  You can see his dedication and compassion in his eyes and in his white hair.”

Outstanding Young Alumnus award 
Chris FreiChris Frei, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, is assistant professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy at The University of Texas at Austin and is clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.  Dr. Frei’s research activities involve a combination of pharmacoepidemiology, health services and health disparities research, and microbial genomics.  He received his Pharm.D. in 2001 and his M.S. in pharmacy in 2003, both from The University of Texas at Austin.  Since receiving his Pharm.D., Dr. Frei has consistently received numerous awards and accolades, including the Best Master’s Thesis Award, Outstanding Student Research Award, and Best Abstract by a Professional/Undergraduate Student.  Since 2006, he has served as a supervisor and mentor for master’s and doctoral students and has been nominated several times for the Texas Exes Teaching Award.  Throughout his time as a graduate student and faculty member, Dr. Frei has contributed to a vast quantity of peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and research endeavors.  He is quickly becoming a leader in infectious disease research.  In 2011, the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists presented him with the Pharmacy Mentor Award by for his contributions to the education and training of Pharm.D. and postgraduate students.  One nominator wrote, “He has inspired me with his accomplishments in his relatively short time as faculty member and has reflected the goals and distinction of the UT College of Pharmacy with his achievements.”

Preceptor of the Year award 
Diane SchuetzeDiane Schuetze, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCNSP, is a clinical pharmacist at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco where she has worked since 1995 and has served as a preceptor since 1996.  Dr. Schuetze is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists where she is a clinical specialist and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy where she participates in the Critical Care Practice-Research Network.  Dr. Schuetze graduated from Creighton University School of Pharmacy & Allied Health in Omaha, Nebraska in 1995. During her tenure at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, she has had extensive experience implementing programs and fostering relationships with University of Texas students.  One nominator writes that she is, “A very effective teacher and mentor. She is able to emphasize what is really important in pharmacy recommendations, monitoring, and interventions.” Another nominator writes, “Diane is not only an amazing mentor but she’s also a very caring person. On several occasions, she has shown great patience while still holding me to a high standard. She rarely just gave me an answer to a question but she instead helped me develop the skills I need to answer them.”

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