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John Foust Honored by SWOSU College of Pharmacy


Dr. John Foust of Wyandotte was recently presented the 2015 Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Award. 

Foust has been the executive director of the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy since 2008.

Foust was honored during the recent SWOSU College of Pharmacy Alumni Recognition Ceremony held on the Weatherford campus.

The Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus award is presented each year for demonstrating exceptional support of the SWOSU College of Pharmacy and outstanding personal achievements in the profession.

Foust received his associate degree from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in 1974, a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from SWOSU in 1977.

He has extensive experience over three decades in nearly every facet of pharmacy—including hospital pharmacy director and hospice consulting; community retail, independent and chain drug stores; writing state rules and regulations; and service as a pharmacy inspector. Foust serves as adjunct assistant professor for SWOSU” and provides an experiential rotation site for pharmacy students.

Foust has received numerous professional awards including:

  • The Bowl of Hygeia Community Service Award from the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association in recognition of his lifelong commitment to community service
  • Pharmacist of the Year award from the Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • The Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy, under his leadership, was honored with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Fred Mahaffey Award. The Mahaffey Award is given annually to one Board of Pharmacy from the United States, Australian and Canadian Provinces that has demonstrated the most outstanding programs for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of their citizens
  • For his service to Scouting:  Silver Beaver Award, the President’s Award, and Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow

He and wife, Susan (a 1977 SWOSU pharmacy graduate) have a daughter, who is a physician, currently completing a fellowship in reconstructive surgery at Harvard  University/Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston; and two sons—a United States Army Apache helicopter pilot and a commercial airline pilot for Boeing.