Paul J. Brooks, who has overseen outreach services with the College of Pharmacy for six years, has been named associate vice president for public service and outreach, effective July 15.
Brooks, who holds doctorates from the UGA Institute of Higher Education and the Mercer University School of Pharmacy, has been involved in public service and outreach his entire career.
He held a joint appointment to Duke University and the University of North Carolina from 1989 to 1992 that included serving as an outreach liaison to practicing pharmacists in a nine-county region around Fayetteville, N.C.
Brooks joined UGA in 1995 to help create a nontraditional doctor of pharmacy degree program in partnership with Mercer University and state professional organizations. He later collaborated with the Small Business Development Center in the development of a pharmacy practice business management program. And his dissertation in higher education administration focused on public service and outreach faculty.
In addition, Brooks was a member of the inaugural class of the Public Service and Outreach Leadership Academy at UGA. He has worked to increase the number of public service faculty in the pharmacy college and across the university.
As associate vice president for public service and outreach, Brooks will be responsible for helping to build collaborative linkages and networks across the institution that deepen UGA’s engagement with the state. He also will work to integrate more fully the engagement of academic faculty and students from all areas of UGA in PSO programs.