School’s Alumni Association President Honored for Dedication and Leadership

This year, School of Pharmacy Alumni Association President Dolly Harris was honored by the USC Alumni Association during their annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner.

The ceremony, held on September 21 at USC Town and Gown, presents awards to volunteers from alumni clubs and organizations with affiliations throughout the university to recognize them for their dedication and service to USC.

Harris received a President’s Award for her efforts as both president of the School’s Alumni Association and a member of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors. The award was presented by Scott Mory, CEO of the USC Alumni Association, and Mitchell Lew, president of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors.

Since Harris began her term as president of the School of Pharmacy Alumni Association in 2008, she has been instrumental in founding numerous programs to benefit both alumni of the School and current students. She helped organize annual USC School of Pharmacy alumni and student mixers, which are attended by over 100 alumni representing various segments of the pharmacy industry, creating a strong camaraderie and connection to the School, and establishing mentorship with current students.

Harris also spearheaded an initiative to increase alumni participation rates through e-mail and other social media; through her efforts, membership generated $4,000 more in a one-month period just from e-mail solicitation collected from 42 alumni. She also helped establish the School’s Centennial Fountain Campaign, which exceeded its $150,000 goal, and the USC School of Pharmacy Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship.

While leading the Alumni Association, Harris also directed her Class of 1977 scholarship fundraising drive, resulting in an endowed fund of $25,000. In addition, personally, she funded the Dolly Harris Endowed Scholarship for $25,000.

“Dr. Harris is a passionate Trojan who has led and contributed greatly to the USC School of Pharmacy by expansively offering her time, talent and resources,” said Dean R. Pete Vanderveen. “She is a highly collaborative leader with a unique ability to address organizational challenges and opportunities while involving all stakeholders – faculty, staff, students, alumni and volunteer-colleagues – in decision-making.”

Not only has Harris been an extremely dedicated member of the School of Pharmacy Alumni Association, but she has been an active part of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors as well. As a member of the Board, she was instrumental in planning the workshop session entitled “Sustaining Success” for the 2011 Annual Leadership Conference, and presented “Recruiting and Retaining Alumni Membership” and participated in a panel discussion during the 2009 Annual Leadership Conference.

Harris also serves as an ex-officio member of the School of Pharmacy Board of Councilors, and as a member of the School of Pharmacy Dean’s Initiative for Diversity Advisory Board and the School of Pharmacy Curriculum Committee.