Governor Bentley to Speak to Pre-health Students

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley will speak at the 13th annual McCollough Forum Feb. 6.

From the January 2015 Desktop News | Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, a graduate of The University of Alabama School of Medicine, will present the opening lecture at the 13th annual Susan and Gaylon McCollough Medical Scholars Forum Friday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. in the Shelby Hall rotunda on The University of Alabama campus.

The McCollough Medical Scholars Forum was established by UA alumni Dr. Gaylon McCollough and Mrs. Susan McCollough to prepare students pursuing medical and health science professions for the road ahead, with a focus on the Hippocratic and humanistic purveyance of healthcare.

High school students, UA pre-health professions students, and past forum participants will join featured speakers and UA faculty from diverse disciplines for the event.

The forum begins Friday, Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m. with registration and continues Saturday, Feb. 7 at 9 a.m. with group discussions. The forum is part of UA’s College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Gaylon McCollough will lead the forum on Saturday.

Bentley has been the governor of Alabama since 2011. Previously, he established his own dermatology practice in Tuscaloosa and led Alabama Dermatology Associates to become one of the largest dermatology practices in the Southeast. He currently serves as chair of the National Governors Association’s Economic Development and Commerce Commission, chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, and co-chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse. He also served two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives and was commissioned as a captain in the United States Air Force.

Gaylon McCollough is an Alabaman physician, the president of the McCollough Plastic Surgery Clinic, and the founder of the McCollough Institute for Appearance and Health in Gulf Shores.

A 1965 honors graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, he served as an offensive center for the Crimson Tide football team and was named to the All-American Football Team in 1964. Since entering the medical field, he has obtained recognition as a surgeon and teacher through his affiliation with the largest association of specialty plastic surgeons in the world.

Susan McCollough of Gulf Shores is an artist and alumna of the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama. As an artist, she has studied with Max Hellman at The Birmingham Museum of Art and Barbara Moon at The Little House on Linden in Birmingham. She has also studied at the Delgado Museum of New Orleans, now the New Orleans Museum of Art, and in Pensacola, Fla.; Boston, Ma.; and at the University of California, Los Angeles.

She has produced more than 500 paintings, many of which were commissioned, and has exhibited in more than 10 solo exhibitions in Alabama and Florida. Her works are held in collections in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, New York, California and New Jersey. For more than 10 years she has served on the Art Committee at the United States Sports Academy, which attracts and honors artists from around the world and is responsible for selecting featured artists for the Olympics. She has owned Studio Three in Florida and her works can now been seen at her gallery, the Susan N. McCollough Gallery and Studio, in Gulf Shores.

For more information on the forum, contact Marian Denham, director of health professions advising, in the College of Arts and Sciences at 205/348-5902.