COL William Pickard, RPh, MS
Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Services
Buies Creek, NC
COL William Pickard’s passion for providing lifesaving medications has remained constant throughout his 37-year career that spans multiple fields in pharmacy, including research, military, education, and law enforcement.
A second-generation pharmacist, COL Pickard began his career as a pharmacy resident at Duke University Medical Center after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at Duke, he coordinated clinical trials for many medications dispensed today, including treatments for HIV and cancer. His residency was one of the first clinically orientated residency programs in the country, playing an active role in patient care. He became the first pharmacist hired to work outside of the pharmacy department at Duke, acting in various clinical positions for 30 years.
“He provided a foundation for other pharmacists to follow his pathfinder efforts to show the value of a pharmacist in direct patient care as an advisor to physicians as well as patients on medication therapy,” his nomination reads. COL Pickard’s impact on pharmacy continued to extend overseas when he joined the Army Reserves in 1983, helping to establish and serving as the chief pharmacist of a 400-bed hospital in Saudi Arabia. Soon after September 11, 2001, he deployed to Kuwait and Afghanistan, setting up military pharmacies serving US service members, allies, and civilians as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
He retired from the US Army Reserve Medical Corps in May 2012. COL Pickard’s retirement from the military, however, has not stopped his active involvement in pharmacy and his community. He continues to serve as a sheriff’s officer, a member of the Search and Recovery Team, and as the head of the Drug Division Unit of the Anticrime Narcotics Division.
He also currently serves as the chairman of Campbell College of Pharmacy’s Department of Clinical Research, overseeing dual degree programs and working to create new courses of study. He is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy and at the Campbell University School of Pharmacy.
“He has a passion for serving patients, students, his community, and his country,” his nomination reads. “But when you speak with him, it’s easy to see that what brings him the greatest happiness is helping to inspire and mentor the next generation of pharmacists and doctors.”