Chris Decker is a 1988 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Following graduation, he completed an executive internship at the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA), followed by two years of employment at IPA in the role of associate director. Decker credits the success he has had in pharmacy association management to the professional development he received during the early years of his career path, including from Tom Temple, ’77 MS; Matt Osterhaus, ’80 BSPh; and Bob Osterhaus .
In 1990, Decker moved to Wisconsin, assuming the position of Executive Vice President of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. During his time there, he was instrumental in bringing together the two pharmacy associations in Wisconsin to form the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW) in 1998—a national first at the time. PSW is commonly recognized as one of the nation’s leading state pharmacy associations. PSW’s success is due, in part, to the leadership Decker provided during his 25 years as its chief executive.
Decker held leadership roles in state and national pharmacy organizations including as president of the Wisconsin Pharmacy Foundation, president of the National Council of State Pharmacy Association Executives, and chairman of the Wisconsin Patient Safety Institute.