Alan B. McKay, Ph.D.
Alan McKay, Ph.D., is the founding dean of Shenandoah University’s Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy (BJDSOP), where he served for 21 years until his retirement in 2016. While with BJDSOP, he worked with a talented group to create an innovative school of pharmacy that emphasized an integrated teaching model, online, web-based instruction and the extensive use of information technology and has been in the vanguard in pharmacogenomics instruction. The school continues to define the cutting edge in pharmacy and healthcare, preparing graduates for the changes that are now sweeping the healthcare marketplace.
Widely viewed by his colleagues as a visionary gifted with the ability to consider and weigh new endeavors with a clear view of their difficulties, he accepted challenge of becoming the Director of the Shenandoah University Design Innovation Center in August 2016. In this role, he was charged by the president and board of trustees with conceptualizing new educational initiatives and creating business plans in intermodal transportation, unmanned automated systems, virtual reality, integrated health care delivery model utilizing remote patient monitoring and a university-based retirement community. In August 2018 his expertise allowed him to step into a new role, as the Executive Dean of the Harry F. Byrd School of Business with responsibilities for strategic planning and partnerships.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, McKay is a former Navy Corpsman. He earned a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Mercer University in 1975 and earned a master’s degree and doctorate in health care administration from the University of Mississippi in 1979 and 1980, respectively. He has served on the faculty of Mercer University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He and his wife, Terry, reside in Winchester, Virginia and are the proud parents of four remarkable children and eight exceptional grandchildren.