Dr. Jeff Mercer is a highly accomplished professional with extensive experience in pharmacy, pharmacy management, healthcare education, and university administration. He assumed the role of associate dean of administration at the Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS) in June 2022 and has been serving as the interim dean for CPHS since June 2023.
Dr. Mercer began his educational journey at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama in 1992. He continued his studies at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia, where he completed coursework in preparation for his formal pharmacy education. In 1999 and 2000, he earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees with honors from Auburn University School of Pharmacy. Additionally, Dr. Mercer holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.
Professionally, Dr. Mercer has committed his career to managing and leading people and organizations. Prior to joining Campbell, he served as the dean at Harding University College of Pharmacy for five years. During his 16-year tenure with Harding, he played a key role in developing the College of Pharmacy and advancing the institution’s mission. Dr. Mercer previously served as the assistant and associate dean for Experiential Education, and he chaired the Health Sciences Deans’ Tripartite Council at Harding University Center for Health Sciences for much of his time as dean.
Dr. Mercer started his career as a pharmacist and pharmacy manager in the early 2000s, gaining practical experience before moving into corporate pharmacy management. In 2004, he was promoted to pharmacy supervisor and district manager at Publix Super Markets, Inc. During that time, he was responsible for expanding the company’s pharmacy presence in Alabama and Tennessee. Following an intensive period of rapid expansion in the pharmacy sector, Dr. Mercer was invited to join the founding leadership team at Harding University College of Pharmacy in Searcy, AR.
Jeff Mercer has demonstrated a strong commitment to people management, health-related education, and organizational leadership, which has greatly influenced his professional trajectory. He has a proven track record of excellence due to his education, experiences, and formal leadership training through organizations like Strata Leadership and the Academic Leaders Fellowship Program of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Dr. Mercer’s dedication to advancing pharmacy and health sciences education and administration is widely recognized.