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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 eleven colleges and schools, as well as AU online, enrollment and student affairs, institutional access, success, and belonging, institutional effectiveness, instruction and innovation, the libraries, and the research enterprise. 

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.



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!

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.

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

Augusta University Core Values with Provost Dr. Neil MacKinnon

Fall Kick-Off 2022 | 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:
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Beth NeSmith, PhD, named dean of AU’s College of Nursing

“I am grateful for this honor and ready to begin, as it is indeed privilege to be asked to serve our nationally recognized faculty and our incredible student body."

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Faculty, staff and students invited to attend annual Planning and Resource Alignment Hearings

The hearings will be hosted in person in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Coffeehouse, Room 235, with a livestream option available.

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School of Public Health takes significant step forward

"We will continue to build on the great work that has gotten us to this point, focusing on our mission of improving population health, promoting individual well-being and supporting all in achieving their maximum health potential in Georgia and beyond," said founding Dean Teresa M. Waters, PhD.

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Next class of Provost Faculty Fellows ready to expand their reach

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Neil J. MacKinnon, PhD, believes Laurence Miller, PhD, and Colleen Walters, DNP, are up for the challenge and have potential to be future leaders of the university.