OXFORD, Miss. – After a national search, University of Mississippi alumnus and Vanderbilt University administrator David F. Gregory has been named associate dean for academic affairs at the UM School of Pharmacy.
Director for education, drug policy, research and clinical pharmacy services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Gregory succeeds Marvin C. Wilson, who recently retired after nearly 43 years of service to the school.
“We are thrilled that David will be joining the School of Pharmacy’s administrative team,” said David D. Allen, the school’s dean. “He shares our commitment to students and to patient care excellence. In addition to his demonstrated abilities as a leader, he brings many strengths to this position. I am confident that he will accomplish great things for our school.”
A Nashville native, Gregory obtained his Pharm.D. from Ole Miss in 1999. He is a member of the UM pharmacy school’s board of visitors and served on the school’s Dean’s Advisory Council and as a preceptor for the school’s students.
At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Gregory served as assistant director for education and research in the Department of Pharmaceutical Services and as administrative director of children’s services and interim assistant administrator for perioperative services, both at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
He received the 2009 UM School of Pharmacy’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2011 Belmont University College of Pharmacy Professional Stewardship Award and 1997 Vanderbilt Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award, among others.
Gregory has impressive goals for academic affairs at the School of Pharmacy.
“The (associate dean) role has been modeled in the most admirable fashion by one of the best in Dr. Marvin Wilson,” Gregory said. “I would obviously follow his example in fostering strong relationships with both faculty and students and be accountable for our degree programs. I want our graduates to be the most desired in the marketplace. A degree from our School of Pharmacy makes a positive statement to employers and, most importantly, the patients that we ultimately serve.”
Gregory, who officially joins the School of Pharmacy on Sept. 16, is looking forward to assuming his new post.
“I was not looking to move and was very content at Vanderbilt,” he said. ”However, when I talked to Dean Allen, his leadership team, the faculty and staff, and the students, I was overwhelmed at their commitment to excellence. Anyone can see that they will continue to take an already strong program to even greater heights, and I am excited to become a part of that team.”