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President David D. Allen

David D Allen headshotDavid D. Allen, RPh, Ph.D., FASHP, FNAP, FAPhA, became the fifth president of University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis on July 1, 2021. Prior to his appointment at the University, Allen served as dean of the School of Pharmacy, professor of biomolecular sciences and executive director and research professor of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Mississippi.

Before joining University of Mississippi as dean of pharmacy in January 2012, Allen served as founding dean of pharmacy and professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) College of Pharmacy, formerly Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Pharmacy, in Rootstown, Ohio, and associate dean of curricular affairs at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy in Amarillo, Texas. He also served as professor of physiology and pharmacology in NEOMED’s College of Medicine while he was the dean of pharmacy.

Allen earned his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy at the University of Kentucky, then practiced community pharmacy for several years before returning to University of Kentucky to earn his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences. He has been licensed to practice pharmacy in five states and has been a visiting scientist in Chile, France and Switzerland as well as at the Laboratory of Neurosciences’ Neurochemistry and Brain Transport Section of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Aging, where he also was an Intramural Research Training Award Fellow.

He has served as principal investigator or collaborator on more than 35 research projects funded by the NIH, American Heart Association, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the government of Chile and various pharmaceutical companies.

Allen is the author of 74 peer-reviewed articles and 46 professional publications, and he has contributed to seven books. He is also on the Editorial Board of Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy. He previously served on the editorial boards of Pharmacology Weekly, Life Sciences and the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

The recipient of dozens of leadership, teaching, research and practice awards, Allen served as the 2018-2019 president of AACP. He was designated a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 2004, the National Academies of Practice in 2009 and the American Pharmacists Association in 2011. He is a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Society for Neuroscience and the AACP Council of Deans, which he chaired in 2014-2015. He also chaired AACP’s Biological Sciences Section and Student Services Special Interest Group.

Integral to Allen’s work in leadership and research is a commitment to championing diversity, equity and inclusion. While at University of Mississippi, Allen facilitated a collaboration between AACP and the university to host the first Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Institute in January 2021, focusing on critical areas of diversity and their impact on patient care, including race, gender, disability, economic status and others. The university and AACP plan to host the EDI Institute annually.


Contact the Office of the President

The Office of the President is located in Jones Hall. Inquiries and scheduling requests may be directed to Trina Warren, executive assistant to the president, at trina.warren@uhsp.edu or 314.446.8307.

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