We are pleased to announce the appointment of Henry N. Young, PhD, Associate Professor, Kroger Professor, and Director of the Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes and Policy Graduate Program (PHSOP) as the College of Pharmacy’s Clinical and Administrative Department Head effective May 1, 2021.
Serving as the Interim Department Head since September 1, 2020, Dr. Young has ensured continuity in the research, teaching and service missions of the Clinical and Administrative Department. He has worked diligently to position the department for future growth by expanding its leadership structure and hiring talented individuals who have joined our faculty ranks. And, during this major transitional period, he has led the department through a long-needed strategic planning process, and is overseeing the creation of an enhanced administrative staffing structure to improve efficiency and consistency across our Athens and extended campuses.
Dr. Young has been with the College since 2013 and during his tenure has served in many administrative roles. This includes currently serving UGA on the Presidential Task Force on Race, Ethnicity and Community, and previous roles with the President’s Faculty Advisory Committee and the COVID-19 Return to Campus Working Group focused on Public Service and Outreach, Continuing Education, and Cooperative Extension. He is a past president of the UGA Black Faculty and Staff Organization. College committee service includes chairing or serving on the (PharmD) Curriculum, Graduate Education, and Academic and Professionalism Committees.
In addition to directing the PSHOP Graduate Program, he has coordinated and taught several courses across the Pharm.D. and graduate programs and mentored scores of students. He also has a very active research program funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in addition to local non-profit organizations. Dr. Young is also viewed as a leader by his scientific peers, including his current national leadership role as Chair of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS) Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences Section. Throughout these and other endeavors, Dr. Young has consistently demonstrated his commitment to fostering relationships and willingness to accept additional responsibility for the greater good of the department, college, university, and ultimately the patients that are the focus of his research.
Thank you to the work of the Search Committee, chaired by Dr. Brian Cummings, throughout this process. The dedicated faculty and staff members of that group include: Dr. Chris Bland, Dr. Tim Brown, Dr. Deborah Elder, Dr. Ashley Hannings, Dr. Jayani Jayawardhana, Ms. Deborah Martinez, Dr. Rusty May, Dr. Sharmon Osae, Dr. Somanath Shenoy, and Dr. Rebecca Stone. Their work was ably facilitated by Michael Luthi and his team at the UGA Search Group.
Congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Young on this new leadership role.