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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021
Contact: Mary Beth Wardell, MPA communications manager
Phone: (517) 377-0232

Michigan Pharmacists Association Welcomes Mark Glasper As New Chief Executive Officer

(Lansing, Mich.) – Mark Glasper has joined the Michigan Pharmacists Association as its chief executive officer, following the retirement of Larry Wagenknecht on Friday. Glasper is the former executive director and CEO of the Kentucky Pharmacists Association (KPhA).

As one of the most respected state pharmacy associations in the country, Glasper said he is honored by the opportunity to serve MPA and achieve the goals and vision laid out by its members.

"I am truly honored and humbled to take on this role,” Glasper said. “I look forward to utilizing my pharmacy knowledge and lifelong association management experience to build on MPA’s past successes and take the organization to greater heights on behalf of our dedicated members throughout the great state of Michigan.”

The MPA Executive Board selected Glasper in October following a nationwide search. Board Chair Charlie Mollien said the board is pleased to have someone of Glasper’s experience and caliber to lead the MPA.

“Mark brings proven strategies and an impressive record of achievements to this role,” Mollien said. “The Executive Board noted his successful lobbying efforts in Kentucky and his clear passion for serving members. Out of a field of remarkable candidates, it became clear to the board that Mark stood out from the pack.”

Glasper graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism – Public Relations. He serves on the nominating and planning committees of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations; the board of directors for the Alliance for Patient Medication Safety, and previously served as executive director of the Ohio Society of Association Executives.

"Mark brings true professionalism to this role, with a strong knowledge of pharmacy-related issues,” Wagenknecht said. “When I came to work for MPA, it was with the desire to make a difference – to improve the profession. While there have been successes, there is still much more to do. I am proud and thankful to have been part of an excellent team of pharmacists, staff and dedicated members over the past 37 years. As I retire, I know the organization is in capable hands as it continues to advance pharmacy into the future.”

Since 1983, Wagenknecht served in several roles at MPA and as CEO since 1994. Wagenknecht has been a champion for the profession and instituted changes that 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).

"It’s an honor to follow in the footsteps of such an accomplished leader as Larry Wagenknecht,” Glasper said. “I’m grateful to him for his many contributions to the organization, as well as for his mentorship and support throughout this transition.”

Michigan Pharmacists Association strives to serve members by providing support, advocacy and resources that ultimately improve patient care, safety, health and the practice of pharmacy. For more information, visit

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