Dean Ronald Jordan was recruited by Chapman University to found the School of Pharmacy at its new multidisciplinary Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, California in February of 2013. Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP) was Orange County’s first fully accredited school of pharmacy. CUSP opened a Master of Science in the Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) and a Freshman Early Assurance Pathway (FEAP) to the PharmD in September of 2014. The school’s graduated its second Doctor of Pharmacy degree cohort of students in May of 2019. The school is already ranked 43rd of 149 in the top one-third of pharmacy schools nationwide for funded research with over four million dollars of annual research expenditures. CUSP is 4th in the nation in terms of percent of faculty with funding, with 70% receiving federal or other grant support for their discovery work. As the founding dean and chief executive of the school, he is responsible for all aspects of the strategic direction, academic, and financial development of the school. CUSP empowers graduates and faculty to develop a deep scientific foundation, the drive for lifelong learning, and the compassion to optimize the delivery of health care for those with diverse and unmet needs in Orange County and beyond. Through inter-professional practice models and community outreach, CUSP creates the culture and environment necessary to conduct collaborative basic, translational, clinical education, and outcomes research and learning that make a difference in people’s lives. CUSP intends to become a leader in the innovative, inter-professional, and personalized education of future pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, and pharmacy educators. In addition, CUSP aspires to be recognized for excellence in collaborative, impactful research, scholarship, and practice models that advance global health. The program now offers a PharmD, MSPS, and Ph.D. in this same area. Jordan has been interested in improving pharmacy education, health care quality, and patient safety and in creating reliable organizations with high performing teams.
An entrepreneur and pharmacy leader with informatics expertise Jordan founded businesses in Hospice and pain management pharmacy, health benefits software, and informatics consulting. Ron was also an executive at companies offering an internet consumer prescription marketplace, supply chain transformation, and health insurance. Formerly President of the American Pharmacists Association and Trustee, NCPDP, he was instrumental in pharmacy’s patient care focus and developing consensus standards for electronic health information. Jordan earned his BS Pharmacy at URI and studied three years in a Doctoral program in pharmaceutics. Jordan previously served as Dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and as Executive Secretary of the Rhode Island State Crime Lab Commission. He oversaw the completion of the construction of the URI and CUSP Rinker Health Campus facilities. Jordan is a Co-Chair of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation Medication Workgroup focused on zero preventable deaths by 2020 #0X2020. Jordan served as an advisor to FSAStore, CareKinesis now TabulaRasaHealthCare.