Paying Forward with Buckeye Pride

Jay and Joyce Nesbit
Jay and Joyce Nesbit

Jay Nesbit understands that creating a legacy does not happen overnight or by accident. After careful thought and discussion with his wife Joyce, he realized that a gift to the College of Pharmacy will build a legacy and make a difference in the lives of future students.

To see Jay's Buckeye pride, all you have to do is look at his car displaying an Ohio State specialty license plate inscribed with 77ALUM. He chose Ohio State as a student because he appreciated the size, diversity of the students and faculty, and seemingly endless potential majors and paths.

After doing well in his business-related classes in high-school, Jay started his college career in the College of Business. During one of his summer breaks, he worked with his uncle in his independent pharmacy in Cleveland. "I noticed how much he was respected in the community and enjoyed a thriving career as a pharmacist and business owner," said Jay. "I decided I wanted to follow in his footsteps and hope that he was proud that he left a legacy for me."

An education from Ohio State gave Jay the tools and confidence for a pharmacy career of 35 years and counting. He worked as a pharmacist for numerous pharmacies before starting his own independent pharmacy in Detroit, Michigan. After several years, he sold the pharmacy and moved to Padre Island, Texas, with his family. While there, he worked in a hospital pharmacy and earned an MBA from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is now the pharmacy manager at Genoa Healthcare in Beacon Health, Mentor, Ohio.

Today, Jay is paying forward the experiences and wisdom he gained at Ohio State. As a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy for Northeast Ohio Medical University, he has the opportunity to "pass the baton" and enrich the education of future generations of pharmacists. Through an estate gift, Jay has created a scholarship fund for a Cleveland-area public school graduate attending Ohio State's College of Pharmacy. Jay hopes the scholarship will allow future students to enjoy a terrific career that allows them to live life to the fullest and leave behind a legacy at Ohio State.

"But for Ohio State, I might not experience the tremendous sense of pride when I talk about my alma mater," said Jay. "It is this pride, along with my Buckeye spirit, that motivates me to want to continue the tradition of paying it forward."