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Gatton alumna appointed to Tennessee Board of Pharmacy

Contributed • Nov 30, 2018 at 5:05 PM

A graduate of the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University has been appointed to one of the highest pharmacy positions in Tennessee.

Gov. Bill Haslam requested Dr. Melissa McCall, of Kingsport, to serve on the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy for the next six years. McCall is a 2010 graduate of the Gatton College of Pharmacy’s inaugural class.

“I am honored and humbled to serve the state in this capacity and look forward to helping the Tennessee Department of Health fulfill its mission to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee,” said McCall.

McCall serves as pharmacy professional services manager for the Tri-Cities Division of K-VA-T Food Stores Inc. and oversees daily operations for 38 Food City Pharmacy locations. She completed her undergraduate pre-pharmacy coursework at ETSU. After graduating from Gatton, McCall earned an M.B.A. in 2013 from Milligan College.

She is a member of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association, the Gatton Alumni Engagement Taskforce and was a member of the pharmacy school’s Honor Code Committee from 2007 to 2010. McCall holds certifications in CPR, diabetes and immunization delivery and was awarded the Claude P. Varney Award for Volunteerism from K-VA-T Food Stores Inc. in 2015. In addition, she recently received the “40 Under Forty Award” by the Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia.

McCall resides in Kingsport with her husband and fellow Gatton alum Dr. Josh Jessee (’12) and their daughter Addison. They attend First Baptist Church of Kingsport and enjoy traveling and outdoor activities.

“Gatton prepared me for my career as a pharmacist and all the opportunities that have ensued by always fostering an environment that promoted professional growth and development and a culture of lifelong learning,” McCall said. “This foundation has proven to be very valuable to me in my career path, and I’m grateful to have attended Gatton.” 

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