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By Jessica Bessner, president, Michigan Pharmacists Association

It is with mixed emotions that I announce the future retirement of Larry Wagenknecht, pharmacist, FMPA, FAPhA and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA). After a distinguished 36 year career with MPA, Wagenknecht will retire effective Jan. 17, 2021.

Wagenknecht has been with the organization since 1983. During this time he has served in numerous roles including Associate Director of Public Affairs, Assistant Director, Executive Director and since 1994, CEO.

Wagenknecht has been a key leader in positive change at MPA. During his time with the Association, he has been at the forefront of the continuous evolution of the pharmacy industry and MPA. Changes include the creation and growth of the Michigan Health Professional Recovery Corporation, MPA Executive Fellowship program, Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN).

An active member of the pharmacy community, Wagenknecht has held seats on the MiHIN Board, PTCB Board of Governors, Michigan Healthcare Stakeholders Opioid Stewardship Collaborative and numerous other boards and committees.

Upon the announcement of his retirement, Wagenknecht said “It has been a pleasure and an honor to work to improve patient health care and the pharmacy profession for the pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists in Michigan. I have had numerous opportunities to do things that I would have never dreamed of. The opportunities and success of MPA are due to the great staff, members of the MPA Executive Board and individual members that have provided leadership and insights to drive the change that has occurred. There still is much to do and we will be working over the next 13 months to continue to make improvements, and plan the course for the future of MPA!”

The MPA Executive Board is establishing a national search committee to fill the vacancy with Wagenknecht’s retirement. Information on the search will be forthcoming.

For questions regarding this announcement and future steps, please contact me via email.

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