2015 UW Honorary Citation Report – Skolaski

Citation recipient Steve Skolaski (left) with Dean Steve Swanson (right)

Citation recipient Steve Skolaski (left) with Dean Steve Swanson (right)

For Steven F. Skolaski his relationship with UW-Madison pharmacy and pharmacists began in the early 1960’s when he worked with his uncle Robert Vanderpoel, pharmacist and owner of a drug store on the corner of Olin Avenue and Park Street in Madison, Wis. In 1965 he began his career with Rennebohm Drug Stores holding several positions. The same year he started with Rennebohm he began a six year service in the Wisconsin Air National Guard. He received his BBA degree in accounting from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1971 and was named Controller at Rennebohm in 1972. He assumed the role of CFO in 1976 and remained there until it was sold to Walgreens in 1980.

Following Rennebohm’s, Skolaski worked at Master Graphics, one of the Midwest’s leading providers of technology solutions for the manufacturing, building, civil and education industries, eventually serving as president and owner. The company was sold to employees in 2003. Under his leadership, Master Graphics received numerous business awards from companies including James River, Xerox, Autodesk, and the Trane Company.

In 1985 Skolaski was named Director of the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation. Since 1987 he has served as President and Treasurer. In his capacity as President and Treasurer of the Rennebohm Foundation, Skolaski has played a key role in advancing critical projects within the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy. Working closely with the Rennebohm Foundation board and seven deans at the school, he has been instrumental in securing financial support to establish the Rennebohm Lecture Room, Lenor Zeeh Computer Lab, John Sonderegger Research Lab, the annual Rennebohm Lecture Series—which will celebrate its 65th year in 2016, the Rennebohm Teaching Assistant Awards, the Rennebohm Dissertation Award and the St. Vincent de Paul charitable pharmacy. Mr. Skolaski, along with Mr. Lenor Zeeh, endorsed the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy request to the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation for the lead gift toward the construction of Rennebohm Hall and the Lenor Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station. The most recent example of Skolaski’s support of the School was his work with Lenor Zeeh for a major gift that would help to support and advance the programs of the Lenor Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station into the future. Skolaski’s dedication to the community and philanthropic efforts is evident through other board service including the Hilldale Board of Directors, Edgewood College Board of Trustees, University of Wisconsin Foundation Board of Directors, University of Wisconsin Foundation Audit Committee Chair, University of Wisconsin Medical School Board of Advisors, and Kelab Director. In recognition of his service to the community Skolaski received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Madison Downtown Rotary in 1985.