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Eller is closer to its $65 million goal for Arizona NOW: The Campaign for The University of Arizona, thanks to alum Jeff and Susan Rein. The Reins recently made a major unrestricted gift to the College.

“We agree with the vision set forth by the College’s leadership,” said Jeff (Eller Accounting ’75 and UA Pharmacy ‘80). “We decided to make our gift unrestricted so it could be put to use by the dean to have the maximum impact in furthering the College’s strategic plan.”

The Reins also appreciate that Eller delivers on UA’s goal for 100% student engagement: “Eller does a good job of getting its students out in the real word through competitions, consulting projects, and internships,” Jeff said. “Millennials are passionate about helping to improve the world around them. To be effective in doing so, they need a strong understanding in business. We are confident they are getting that at the Eller College.”

Jeff is retired from his role of chairman and CEO of Walgreens. He joined Walgreens as an assistant store manager in 1982, soon after he graduated from UA, and worked his way up to the C-suite in 2006. He became chairman in 2007, while retaining his CEO title. Susan (UA Pharmacy ‘81) worked as a pharmacist for a dozen years before stepping away to focus on raising the couple’s two children. 

The Reins, who both grew up in Tucson, returned to their hometown in 2011, after Jeff retired. They quickly became involved in the UA and Tucson community. Jeff serves on the Eller College National Board of Advisors, teaches a health care management class at the UA, and served as the chair of Eller Executive Education’s founding board of directors.

The Reins also hosted an event for over 60 neighbors at their home, which featured then-Eller College dean Len Jessup and Doug Hockstad, director of the UA’s revitalized Office of Technology Transfer, in a discussion on bringing the intellectual property developed at the UA to market. 

Top photo of Jeff and Susan Rein by Thomas Veneklasen.