Magazine article Drug Topics

So You Wanna Be a State Pharmacy Association Honcho?

Magazine article Drug Topics

So You Wanna Be a State Pharmacy Association Honcho?

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There's a whole lot of shakin' goin' on within state pharmacy associations as executive directors move on to other jobs or retire from the field of battle after long years of service.

Pharmacy associations in five states--Alabama, Arkansas, New Jersey, Oregon, and Tennessee--are shopping around for new executive directors. Three vacancies are the result of retirement, so the exodus is attributable more to the aging process than to job dissatisfaction, said A. H. "Al" Mebane, executive director, North Carolina Pharmaceutical Association executive director and secretary/treasurer of the National Council of State Pharmacy Association Executives.

Alabama's top job is open because Mitchel Rothholz is headed to Washington, D.C., to work for the American Pharmaceutical Association as director of state services. Norman Canterbury has traded in his post in Arkansas to become a consultant with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arkansas, said Mebane.

Three associations are in the recruitment business because their longtime directors have decided it's time to retire and make way for new blood. The dean of state association execs, Alvin Geser, will retire in November after 33 years at the helm of the New Jersey Pharmaceutical Association. …

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