Executive Residents

Brian Lawson, PharmD

Brian E. Lawson, PharmD is the Director, Professional Affairs for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) in Washington, DC. BPS is an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and recognizes pharmacy specialties and certifies pharmacists’ knowledge and skills at the advanced practice level. Lawson is the primary staff liaison to BPS-approved professional development providers and works with stakeholders to establish and maintain BPS certification as the recognized gold standard. He represents BPS as a member of the Board of Directors for the Pharmacy Workforce Center, and an Alternate Director for the Council in Credentialing in Pharmacy.

Prior to BPS, Lawson was the Associate Director, Governance in the Executive Offices division at APhA where he served as staff liaison to the Board of Trustees, and oversaw the House of Delegates operations, policy development processes, profession-wide awards, and Board elections. In 2008, Lawson was named the recipient of the first Knowlton Center Executive Residency in Association Management and Leadership at the APhA Foundation. Lawson received his Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from West Virginia University (WVU) in 2008, and is a registered pharmacist in West Virginia and Virginia.

He remains engaged with the WVU School of Pharmacy through his roles as a mentor to student pharmacists and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Lawson was appointed to the WVU School of Pharmacy Capital Campaign Committee in 2012, and was elected the 2014 President-elect of the WVU School of Pharmacy Alumni Association and assumed the position of President in 2015. He is an inaugural member of the WVU School of Pharmacy Hall of Fame. Lawson is a native of Huntington, WV.