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Pharmacy VP enjoys quality of life
James "Jim" Riley
Age: 69
Occupation: Senior vice president Corrections/Health Care, Maxor National Pharmacy Services

Occupation: Senior vice president Corrections/Health Care, Maxor National Pharmacy Services

Where did you receive your education?

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees, Texas A&M University; Master of Business Administration, Texas Tech University; U.S. Naval War College.

How has your education played a role in your life today?

It opened the door for a wide variety of work opportunities, established a network of life-long friends and gave me a greater appreciation of my community, nation and the world we live in.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?

The Navy War College. Bonding and teamwork with fellow students and lots of evening and weekend studying helped me through.

What is the value of your education?

It was a financial and lifestyle enhancement. But most important, it allowed me opportunities that would not have been available without it.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?

Hang in there. While one should try to continue his or her education all through life, it is easier to begin as early as possible. Be all you can be. Education will help you achieve your potential.

When did you make education a priority?

In high school, with a lot of encouragement and support from family and friends.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?

Seeing others like me go on to a better quality of life and watching them grow in potential and self-esteem.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?

Yes, many times. Encouragement and support of family and friends kept me going.

2009 Stories
2008 Archive
calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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