Huntington, WV Black History

Dr. Brian Lawson

Pharmacist/Association and Credentialing Leader

Dr. Brian Lawson is a pharmacist who has been recognized nationally for his service, mentorship, leadership and international engagement within the pharmacy organization and certification agency communities.

Lawson is a Huntington native who graduated from Huntington High School. He attended Marshall University for one year as a chemistry major before completing his studies at West Virginia University where he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree in 2008.

He was named the first Knowlton Center Executive Resident in Association Management and Leadership at the American Pharmacists Association. (APhA) Foundation in Washington, D.C. in 2008, and the inaugural Global Executive Resident at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 2019.

Lawson assumed the role of associate director with the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) in 2021 after more than a decade in various roles within BPS and APhA. He leads the Professional Affairs, Communications, and Engagement (PACE) Team, which is responsible for monitoring the professional pharmacy landscape, developing collaborative relationships within the healthcare community and promoting the value of pharmacists board certification around the globe.

Lawson is a former president of the WVU School of Pharmacy Alumni Association and remains active with WVU through his appointment as an adjunct professor and service on the School of Pharmacy’s Leadership Council as well as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. He was appointed as Administrative Commissioner to the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) in 2023. He is a member of numerous organizations, including the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and the International Pharmaceutical Federation.


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