James C. Appleby is the Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of The Gerontological Society of America, the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,400 professional members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, clinicians, policy makers and the general public. Prior to joining GSA, Mr. Appleby had a 17-year career with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the 60,000-member professional association representing pharmacists. He served in a variety of roles before being appointed Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, he was responsible for managing the association’s multiple business units, new product development, membership, marketing, meetings and publications. He also served as the senior executive responsible for the association’s relationships with the pharmaceutical, chain drug, and wholesaler industries. Prior to joining APhA, Mr. Appleby was on faculty at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (PCPS). He has worked as a hospital pharmacist at the Presbyterian–University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and Jeanes Hospital in Philadelphia. Mr. Appleby graduated with a bachelor of science in pharmacy from PCPS in 1987. He also holds a master of public health degree from Temple University and has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of the Sciences. Mr. Appleby serves as Vice-Chair of the District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy.