» An Update from Our Dean

Summer 2022

Interim Dean Rennolds Ostrom

Welcome to the Chapman University School of Pharmacy. I am excited to step into the Dean position to lead our incredible team of faculty, staff, and students. The shoes I have to fill are large. Ron Jordan founded CUSP in 2013 and built our school, quite literally, from the ground up. We all owe Emeritus Dean Jordan a huge debt of gratitude for his vision and hard work over many years.

There is much to do in the coming academic year. We welcome the Class of 2025 in August, which will be the most talented group we have ever admitted. We are launching a new MS degree in Regulatory Affairs next fall and will be accepting applications soon. We begin another self-study for our AACP accreditation visit in 2023-2024. The University is actively investing in growing the Rinker Health Science campus and CUSP is integral in forming and executing that vision. Our research portfolio and continues to grow and expand due to our renown faculty.

The pandemic has created dramatic shifts in both health care and education. There are both challenges and opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and preceptors. The CUSP team is heavily vested in providing the tools, training, and support for capitalizing on these opportunities by being passionate and innovative. If you are part of the CUSP team, I hope you will leverage this spirit and our resources to grow and make a difference.  If you are considering joining our team, we look forward to partnering with you on your professional journey.

A sincere thank you to the many people and organizations that sustain us. Gavin Herbert, Paul and Laura Cook, Kroger Health, Walgreens, CVS to name but a few. The Rinker Food Pantry, which supports over 200 individuals with food insecurity, would not be possible without contributions from numerous donors and volunteers, most notably Mohinder and Gurjit Sethi and Jusdeep’s Legacy Community Care Foundation.

Thank you to all our friends and the pharmacy community for your commitment and support. It is because of you that we can do anything imaginable in preparing our students to keep patients safe and we can discover boldly to find new options for treating disease.

Rennolds Ostrom, Ph.D.

Interim Dean, Chapman University School of Pharmacy