Thomas R. Temple is the President of Tom Temple Consulting LLC – a pharmacy consulting business providing services to a variety of professional organizations throughout the country. Mr. Temple had previously served as Executive Vice President and CEO of the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA), a position he held from 1977 to 2012. Mr. Temple received a BS degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University (1971), a professional degree in pharmacy from the University of Illinois (1977), and a MS degree in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Iowa (1977).
Mr. Temple is a member of several professional organizations including the IPA, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He serves as a member of several governing boards for organizations including the US Pharmacopeia Convention (USP), the Alliance for Patient Medication Safety, Pharmacy Marketing Group and the University of Iowa Alumni Association. Additionally, Mr. Temple has served on Advisory Boards for the Medic Alert Foundation, Accreditation Council on Pharmaceutical Education, Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, Drake University College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois College of Pharmacy and the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. He has also served as an advisory consultant to Upjohn, Glaxo SmithKline, Merck, Hoechst Marion Rousell and PCS. Currently, Mr. Temple serves as Director of Strategic Communications for the University of Iowa.
Mr. Temple’s leadership has been recognized through the receipt of several awards including APhA’s Hugo H. Schaefer Award, Gloria Neimeyer-Franke Leadership Mentor Award, IPA’s Robert G. Gibbs Award, the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year Award, the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year Award, the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award for Services, the Drake University Weaver Medal of Honor, and The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy Osterhaus Medal of Lifetime Achievement.
I appreciate, very much, the invitation to serve as a candidate for the APhA Foundation Board of Directors. This is clearly a unique opportunity to give back to a profession that has provided me with such professional richness during my 37 year career in pharmacy.
In many ways, service as a Foundation Director would represent a natural extension to the work I have pursued in this great profession over the past four decades. My role as a state pharmacy association executive in Iowa greatly enhanced my understanding and appreciation for the aspirations held by pharmacists and the value they can bring to an evolving health care system. The APhA Foundation, I believe, is well positioned to help facilitate that growth and I would welcome the opportunity to contribute to that effort.
My desire is to continue my work with inspiring people on important projects that will move our profession forward. In this regard, I believe the Foundation offers an exciting opportunity to further our professional goals and maximize the role pharmacists play in improving people’s health.
I believe that my professional experience and my service record as a board member for several non-profit organizations provides me with the necessary background to play a leadership role for the Foundation. Inspiring generosity and helping shape a proactive agenda for pharmacy are goals that I would bring to the Foundation’s Board.