Office of the Dean

Johnnie L. Early II, PhD, RPh, Fellow NPhA serves as Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Since 1987, Dr. Early has served as dean of three pharmacy schools: Florida A&M University, Medical University of South Carolina, and The University of Toledo. Effective October 2018, he will return to Florida A&M University to serve as dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health. His experiences are unique in academic pharmacy, and US News and World Report ranking was first achieved at two of the three colleges he has led.

The Georgia native studied biology/pre-pharmacy at Fort Valley State University and pharmacy at Mercer University, earning the PhD degree in pharmacology and toxicology at Purdue. A published toxicologist, Dr. Early has published papers on research grant preparation, technical standards and leadership.

Dr. Early found success as a teacher, research scientist, and program director for three federally funded programs, NASA, and a cooperative research CDC multi-site contract. He has received over $35 million in contracts and grants as a bench researcher, principal investigator, co-principal investigator and program project director.

As dean at The University of Toledo, Dr. Early led growth in degree programs including the unique bachelor’s in cosmetic science and formulation design; the PhD in experimental therapeutics; the BS/MS dual-degree in medicinal chemistry or pharmacology and toxicology, the BSPS/MS in law with regulatory compliance major; and the PharmD degree options for master’s degrees in health outcomes and socioeconomic sciences and the MBA at The University of Toledo. He facilitated the establishment of gateway programs like the Walgreens Pharmacy Practice Camp and the Shimadzu/Amway Pharmaceutical Science Camps, as well as a Toledo Early College High School track that brought students into the pharmaceutical sciences. Residency programs grew through collaboration with the Medical Center, and included managed care, a general pharmacy residency, and a PGY2 critical care residency. Kroger, Toledo Family Pharmacy, and CVS/CareMark funded community pharmacy training.

In addition to leading enrollment increases, Dr. Early saw increases in endowed scholarships and more ethnically and culturally diverse student, faculty and staff populations under his leadership.

Dr. Early’s past honors include the 50 Most Influential Pharmacists in America, Man of the Year award from Third Baptist Church and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; the Alpha Phi Alpha Drum Major Award; the Distinguished Alumnus and Old Master awards from Purdue University; the African American Legacy Project’s (AALP) Legend Award; the Chauncey I. Cooper Excellence Award from the National Pharmaceutical Association; the Wendell Hill Award from the Association of Black Health-system Pharmacists; and the Practitioner of the Year Award from Palmetto Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association. In 2016, Dr. Early was among the charter class of Fellows, NPhA.