Dr. David D. Allen, II

David D. Allen, II in lab with others.

David D. Allen, II
PCC 1980-1981

Dr. David D. Allen, a Prestonsburg native, is currently the Dean of the School of Pharmacy, Professor of Pharmacology, and Executive Director and Research Professor of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Mississippi.

Davids journey began when he chose to enroll at Prestonsburg Community College in one college course while he was a Prestonsburg High School senior. From 1980 to 1981, he enrolled full-time and attended two summer school sessions before enrolling at the University of Kentucky. During this time, pharmacy was one of Davids top educational and career options, but as many students do, he changed his mind several times while at PCC. He eventually decided to pursue pharmacy, and as one will see, this led to a remarkable career.

According to David, At PCC, I learned how to study for college level courses which gave me the confidence to do well in college. This confidence enabled me to know I was ready and had the skills. If I hadnt had these and had gone straight to UK after high school graduation, Im not sure how things would have turned out. The PCC faculty also taught me a great deal from the silent curriculum i.e., professionalism, networking and the importance of civic mindedness. While at PCC, David participated in extracurricular activities including membership in the Tennis and Table Tennis Club and the Pre-Med Society.

David transferred from PCC to the University of Kentucky and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1985 and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1993. Education again became the focus with him being on the opposite side of the podium. Before joining Ole Miss as pharmacy dean in January 2012, he was the founding Dean of Pharmacy and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy. He also served as a Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology in the College of Medicine while pharmacy dean. He was the Associate Dean of Curricular Affairs at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in Texas.

David has been licensed to practice pharmacy in five states; two of those licenses remain active today. He also has been a visiting scientist in Chile, France and Switzerland, and the Laboratory of Neurosciences Neurochemistry and Brain Transport Section of the National Institute of Healths National Institute on Aging where he was an intramural Research Training Award Fellow.

The following includes a brief listing of his many accomplishments: service as principal investigator or collaborator on more than 30 research projects; author of 74 peer-reviewed articles and 42 professional publications, and contributor to four books; service on numerous editorial boards including the Pharmacology Weekly and Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy; recipient of dozens of leadership, teaching, research and practice awards; designation as a Fellow of the American Pharmacists Association in 2011 and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 2004; and active membership on numerous professional associations.

Davids words of advice to those considering a college education are Carefully choose a college that matches your interests. Evaluate what is important to you about your college studies and ensure that the college has those. Know your level of preparation and be prepared to work hard when you get there.

If you would like to find out more about the remarkable journey of a former PCC student, please email David at allen@olemiss.edu.