William Ellis

William Murphy Ellis

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Kowalewski Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio

Professional Summary

William M. Ellis MS, RPh was named Executive Director of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) in 2011. Previously, he served as CEO and Executive Director of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation. He served on the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and was Chair from 2016 through 2017. He currently serves as a member of the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) and is Chair of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) Certification Development Steering Committee. After receiving his pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Mr. Ellis earned a Master of Science degree in health education from Saint Joseph’s University.  He is also a licensed pharmacist and holds a White Belt of Six Sigma Methodology.



BS Pharmacy: Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Philadelphia, PA, (Pharmacy)

MS, Health Education: Saint Joseph University Philadelphia, PA, (Health Education)

Positions and Work Experience

2010 -2021 Executive Director, The Board of Pharmacy Specialties works to improve patient care through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills in pharmacy and specialty board certification of pharmacists. BPS currently recognizes thirteen pharmacy specialties and eight hold accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. , Board of Pharmacy Specialties, Washington, DC

1998 -2010 CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, 501(c)3 subsidiary of APhA conducting research and public education, APhA Foundation, Washington, DC


Book Chapter

Ellis, W. (2019 ) Certification, credentialing and privileging in clinical pharmacy Encyclopaedia of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy .Elsevier (Author)

Honors and Awards

2019 -2019 Annual Alumnus Award University of the Science Alumni Association Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Recognition

Contact Information

Academic - Kowalewski Hall
Cincinnati  Ohio,