KU announces 2011 Harold N. Godwin Leadership Legacy Award

The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and the University of Kansas Hospital will present the Harold N. Godwin Leadership Legacy Award to Jeanne Rucker Ezell on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in New Orleans. Ezell is a KU graduate and director of pharmacy at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tenn.

The Harold N. Godwin Leadership Legacy Award recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions to the pharmacy profession by alumni and friends of the KU residency training programs. It is presented annually during the American Society of Heath-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting.

Ezell completed the master’s degree in hospital pharmacy and the two-year residency programs at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1986. In addition to serving more than 21 years as director of pharmacy at Blount Memorial Hospital, Ezell has been active in many pharmacy organizations over the years and has taken on many leadership roles on the local, state and national levels. She was named Pharmacist of the Year by the Knoxville Area Society of Hospital Pharmacists in 1983 and was twice named the Tennessee Hospital Pharmacist of the Year.  

As the Leadership Legacy Award winner, Ezell will be invited to the KU campuses next spring to deliver a lecture to current residents, students and metropolitan health care practitioners.

The award is named for Harold Godwin, professor and associate dean at the KU School of Pharmacy. Godwin served 34 years as the director of pharmacy at the University of Kansas Medical Center and 20 years at chair of the KU School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice. He is a past president of the American Society of Heath-System Pharmacists, the Kansas Pharmacists Association, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and the American Pharmacists Association.