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Neil J. MacKinnon, BSc (Pharm), MSc (Pharm), Ph.D., FCSHP, FNAP

Dr. Neil MacKinnon is Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. In that capacity, he serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the university, overseeing its ten colleges and schools, as well as diversity and inclusion, enrollment and student affairs, faculty affairs, institutional effectiveness and planning, instruction and innovation, the registrar’s office, and the research enterprise. He also serves on the board of AU Health.

Prior to his current position, he was Dean of the James L Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. He was Director of the State Office of Rural Health for Arizona and a Professor at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. He was also Professor and Associate Director for Research at the College of Pharmacy at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

A native of Nova Scotia, Provost MacKinnon completed an undergraduate degree in pharmacy at Dalhousie University, a Master's degree in Hospital Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin, an administrative hospital pharmacy residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and a PhD and a fellowship at the University of Florida. He completed a midcareer Harkness fellowship in international health care policy with the Commonwealth Fund under the direction of Dr. Stephen Soumerai, Professor at Harvard Medical School. He completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Neil MacKinnon

Neil J. MacKinnon

Provost & EVP for Academic Affairs

A pharmacist, Provost MacKinnon has practiced in both the community and hospital settings. He is a fellow and a past president of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. In 2010, he co-authored a national bestselling book in Canada with a primary care physician called Take As Directed. In 2018, he was inducted into the National Academies of Practice. As Provost, he maintains an active research program in health policy with over 190 publications and 300 presentations to date. His fourth book, on the opioid crisis, will be published in 2022.

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Fall 2022 Faculty Kick Off | FULL EVENT | Augusta University

Augusta University hosted its eighth annual Fall Kick-Off at noon Aug. 12 at the Maxwell Theatre. The event, while intended for faculty members and staff with academic roles, invited all interested faculty and staff. The formal presentation featured Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, PhD and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Neil MacKinnon. Follow Augusta University on social media: Official Site: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook:

IT'S ON US - Provost, Neil MacKinnon on Sexual Assault Awareness Month

This video was produced and created by the corporate video team in Communications & Marketing at Augusta University.

Provost Neil MacKinnon Welcome Back & Three Ws

New Augusta University Provost Dr. Neil MacKinnon welcomes students back to campus and reminds all to practice the three Ws!

Wildside Chat with Dr. MacKinnon | Fall Faculty Kick Off

Raysean Ricks, host of In the Wild, puts Dr. Neil MacKinnon, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, in the "hot seat" at the annual Fall Faculty Kick Off. Follow Augusta University on social media: Official Site: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook:

Provost MacKinnon reflects on his first 100 Days

Provost Dr. Neil MacKinnon recaps his first 100 days at Augusta University!

Dr. Neil MacKinnon - Augusta University Provost

2021 Fall Faculty Kickoff w/ Provost Dr. Neil MacKinnon

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First year of ‘Creating a Legacy’ shows plenty of promise

“When we announced Creating a Legacy Like No Other, we understood the scope of the lofty goals we placed upon ourselves, but we truly believe that Augusta University is a one-of-a-kind institution for student success, research and community engagement,” said Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, PhD.

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Check out the new look for Augusta University’s Greenblatt Library

Augusta University celebrated the completion of extensive renovations to the Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Augusta University and Savannah River National Laboratory partner to support global security research, workforce development

Augusta University and Savannah River National Laboratory are proud to announce a new agreement that formalizes their long-standing partnership and expands upon their shared mission to address global security issues.

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Augusta University faculty researchers named Regents’ Entrepreneurs for advancing health care

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents recently approved David C. Hess, MD, David Munn, MD, and Babak Baban, PhD, as the first three Augusta University faculty researchers to be named Regents’ Entrepreneurs for their success in translating research into a commercial setting to improve patient care.