NDSU alumnus Larry K. Ellingson will be recognized for his contributions to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with an Honorary Membership at the organization’s annual meeting during October in Indianapolis.
“I have had the good fortune in my role as a leader in the diabetes space to work with these professionals for over 30 years in various roles and served on their board in 2007-2008. I am pleased to be considered an academy member with this honor,” said Ellingson, BS ’69, pharmacy.
Ellingson is president and CEO of Global Diabetes Consulting, Fountain Hills, Arizona. He is best known for his career achievements in the medical and medical marketing industry with special accomplishments in the field of diabetes awareness.
While attending NDSU, he was active in various organizations, including the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Bison baseball and Alpha Phi Omega.
Ellingson has served as an adviser to the NDSU School of Pharmacy and as an NDSU Foundation trustee. In addition, he was a board member of the NDSU Research and Technology Park. In 2007, NDSU named Ellingson an Outstanding Alumni of the Year for his contributions to the field and to the university.
“We greatly appreciate the expertise Larry has provided assisting with strategies, planning and programs to help advance NDSU Pharmacy to educate the next generation of pharmacists and show students how their degree can help launch an exceptional career,” said Charles D. Peterson, dean of the NDSU School of Pharmacy and College of Health Professions.
Ellingson’s achievements include being the first and only non-scientist to receive both the President’s Award and the Lilly Research Award in 2001 for contributions to diabetes research. In 2001, the Eli Lilly Co. created the Ellingson Legacy Award to honor those who provide outstanding service to customers and Ellingson was the first recipient.
In 2013, Ellingson co-founded the National Diabetes Volunteer Leadership Council. The group supports people affected by diabetes, working to ensure they have access to safe and affordable medications in their communities.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics represents more than 100,000 credentialed practitioners.
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