Guy B. Wilson Jr.
2007 Honorary Alumni
Guy B. Wilson Jr was born in Johnson City on January 18, 1942, the son of Guy and Miriam Wilson. The Wilson family has been part of Johnson City for as long as can be recorded. Wilson 's great grandfather was the first fire chief of Johnson City. Guy B. Wilson, Sr established Wilson Pharmacy in 1936 during a time when few businesses were able to survive. Wilson Pharmacy evolved from a neighborhood corner drug store into a full service pharmacy organization serving a large Tri-State region.
Following his graduation for Science Hill High School , Wilson attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Milligan College before graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1965. He then returned to Johnson City to work with his dad. Shortly afterward, they moved the 'corner' from West Market Street to West Walnut Street . From 1965 until 1990 the business grew and in 1990 again moved to the Franklin Medical Park complex on State of Franklin where it is headquartered today. It also has other sites in Boones Creek and Kingsport.Wilson currently serves as Chairman and CEO of the family company and is active in the day to day operations, along with his wife Debra who is also a pharmacist and serves as President. He has chosen to focus his attention on the management side of the business of pharmacy in order to grow a diversified pharmacy and meet the challenges of this important part of the healthcare delivery system. Participation early on in national pharmacy associations devoted to pharmacy management and pharmacy automation and information technology helped lay the groundwork for a high volume technology driven diversified business. Wilson was awarded the Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award by the TN Pharmacy Association in 1996 and has served on the national board of the American Society of Pharmacy Automation. In his pursuit of life long learning, he graduated of The University of Pennsylvania Wharton Executive Management Program for Pharmacy Leadership.
He is dedicated to creating a pharmacy business that provides value to the health care delivery system and encourages young pharmacists to grow as healthcare professionals. Many young pharmacists have been exposed to this leadership philosophy over the past 40 years. Recently Wilson played a leading role in establishing the ETSU College of Pharmacy, and intends to continue to support the college and provide leadership training for pharmacy students. Debra Wilson is also very involved and serves in several volunteer capacities.
Throughout his career, Wilson has been active in the community serving on many boards and committees. He was Chairman of the Board of The Johnson City Washington County Chamber of Commerce in 2003 and remains active in chamber work with a special interest in downtown redevelopment and any economic development projects that can impact the region. He is currently on the ETSU Foundation Executive Committee, the PBA Board of Directors, the Dawn of Hope Foundation Board, the Tennessee Business Roundtable Board and the ETSU Research Foundation Board. He is a past President of the J C Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. In 2006 he was awarded the Chancellor's Excellence Award by The Tennessee Board of Reagents.
Wilson enjoys spending time out of doors and is an avid golfer and loves to travel the world with his wife Debra. He is also active in and enjoys general aviation.
Wilson is the father of Ellen Wilson Offutt and proud grandfather of a new grandson.