July 28, 2017
Sheri Conner is the School of Pharmacy’s coordinator of clinical affairs on the school’s Jackson campus at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She began her career at UM on the pharmacy school’s Oxford campus in 2010, and in 2011, had the opportunity to move to Jackson and serve in her current position.
School of Pharmacy: Can you talk about your background?
Sheri Conner: I have a bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis in business education. I started my teaching career in 1993 teaching sixth grade. After the death of my daughter, I decided to take some time off. However, it was during that time that God opened the doors for me to start my own meeting/event planning business. I traveled this successful path for about 10 years working, mainly with pharmaceutical companies, and had the privilege to work all over the United States and meet many wonderful people. After being on the road for ten years, I made the decision to return to teaching.
SOP: What brought you to Ole Miss?
SC: In 2010, I was looking for a change and began pursuing a position with Ole Miss. I was fortunate to receive a position with the School of Pharmacy that year. I moved to Oxford and started in my role as coordinator of student affairs. In 2011, an opportunity in the School of Pharmacy opened up for me to move back to the Jackson area where I currently serve as coordinator of clinical affairs.
SOP: What do you enjoy about your job?
SC: In my position as coordinator of clinical affairs, there is not one day that is repetitive. Each day brings its challenges, which I enjoy. I enjoy interacting with the students and my colleagues. My position is in a transition phase at this time, as we are beginning the new Center for Clinical and Translational Science. I am excited to be a part of the foundation of this development and the opportunities to come.
SOP: What do you like to do when you are not at work?
SC: I truly enjoy spending time with family and friends and take any opportunity to travel. However, my favorite thing to do is spend time with my 19-month-old granddaughter.
SOP: What is something others might not know about you?
SC: During my career as a meeting planner, I was able to meet many well-known people in different careers – music artists, athletes, NASCAR drivers and even a president, President George H. W. Bush. In the few moments I spent talking to him, I learned he is very down-to-earth and has a good sense of humor.