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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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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!

Provost MacKinnon reflects on his first 100 Days

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

Augusta University Core Values with Provost Dr. Neil MacKinnon

Dr. Neil MacKinnon - Augusta University Provost

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.

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:

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:
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Grant funding applications now open for Converge Symposium Collaborative

Neil J. MacKinnon, PhD, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Augusta University, and Zach Kelehear, EdD, vice provost for instruction and innovation, are excited to announce this year’s call for collaborative research proposals addressing issues in rural health.

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Leadership team of Augusta University’s proposed School of Public Health laying foundations for success

"We're bringing in wonderful people who love public health from various units, but now, we need to come together and say, ‘We are the School of Public Health,’ and really dive in to create a shared identity,” said Teresa Waters, PhD, dean of AU's proposed School of Public Health.

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Augusta University surpasses 10,000-student mark with largest-ever freshman class 

Augusta University has officially eclipsed the 10,000-student mark as it continues to grow faster than other research universities in Georgia. The university officially has 10,546 students enrolled, marking a 7.5% increase over last fall.

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Mark Thompson named new dean of Hull College of Business

“This is an exciting time for Hull College and August University, and I look forward to working with campus leadership, faculty, staff, students, alumni and our local business leaders to continue elevating the college’s impact and influence,” said Mark Thompson, PhD.