Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-07-19

Samford University pharmacy graduate Ronnie Opolka, R.Ph., has been elected president of the 1,800-member Alabama Pharmacy Association (APA).

Opolka, a 1970 graduate of Samford’s McWhorter School of  Pharmacy and a pharmacist with CVS in Guntersville, Ala., was installed at the group’s annual summer convention and trade show in Point Clear, Ala.

His 40-year pharmacy career has included work as a hospital pharmacist, pharmacy store owner, staff pharmacist for independent and chain stores, and pharmacy supervisor for a national chain.

Opolka has served as president of the Jefferson County and Marshall County pharmacy associations, and as a trustee of APA. In 2004, he was appointed to serve on the Alabama State Committee on Public Health as chairman of the council on health costs, administration and organization. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Guntersville, the Marshall and Madison county pharmacy associations and the American Pharmacists Association.

Following his installation as APA president, Opolka received a leadership award from the National Community Pharmacists Association in recognition of his election to the post.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.