Dr. Gary Allen oversees the information technology infrastructure for the University of Missouri System offices, the four campuses, UM Health System and statewide extension programs, as well as a student enrollment of more than 75,000. He also has overall responsibility for the statewide Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet). Additionally, he serves as chief information officer for the MU campus, where he oversees campuswide computing and telecommunication operations. Beginning in 2010, he assumed the role of coordination of shared services initiatives across UM.
Allen is an associate professor of veterinary pathobiology at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a diplomate (specialty of virology) of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM), and has served as a member of the ACVM Board of Governors. He holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Health Management and Informatics in MU’s School of Medicine, and serves on the steering committee for the MU Informatics Institute. Since 2001, he has served as executive director of the University of Missouri Bioinformatics Consortium, a high-performance networking and computational infrastructure for bioinformatics research and collaboration across and beyond the four campuses of the university.
Allen received his B.S. in agriculture (biochemistry emphasis) and a D.V.M. degree from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in microbiology from MU. He completed postdoctoral training at Texas A&M University in immunology and biochemistry, and at the MU School of Medicine in medical informatics.