David W. Neu, co-founder of the Neu Family Foundation and former president of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp. and Good Neighbor Pharmacy, has been appointed chair of the USC School of Pharmacy Board of Councilors. He succeeds William Heeres, who served as chair for more than 15 years.
Currently the executive chairman of Ananda Health, Neu serves on the Advisory Council for the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center as well as the National Cancer Institute. He previously served on the board of directors of the National Association of Chain Drugs (NACDS) and is the former chair of the Healthcare Distribution Management Association, now known as the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA).
David and Esperanza Neu co-founded the Neu Family Foundation in 2010 to support causes related to health and education. They have partnered with several select universities to establish scholarships for students in need. In 2017, they worked closely with Jefferson Health and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia to establish the Neu Center for Supportive Medicine and Cancer Survivorship. David has also served on several nonprofit boards committed to education, social and human rights.
Neu said he is excited to be leading the Board as the USC School of Pharmacy plans for its future.
“I look forward to working with this highly engaged and committed group of professionals,” Neu said. “Together, we will dedicate our time and resources to improving the lives of people in our community and transforming the future of pharmacy.”
Neu succeeds longtime board leader William A. Heeres, PharmD ’63, who will continue to serve on the Board of Councilors while taking on a new advisory position with the newly formed USC Titus Center for Medication Safety and Population Health.
Dean Vassilios Papadopoulos praised Neu’s deep community ties and his leadership throughout his successful healthcare career and also expressed gratitude to Heeres for his long service to the Board.
“David’s involvement in the community demonstrates what a valuable asset he will be to our Board; he will be a critical voice as the Board moves forward on a variety of initiatives,” Papadopoulos said. “The School of Pharmacy is grateful to both David Neu and William Heeres for their dedication and commitment to the university and to the school.”