» An Update from Our Dean

Summer/Fall 2019

Dean Ronald P. Jordan


It is my pleasure to welcome our fifth cohort of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) students. The incoming Class of 2022 features 98 students who possess the strongest academic performance indicators of any cohort to date. This cohort also has the largest number of Freshman Early Assurance Program (FEAP) students in the Pharm.D. Program. The FEAP students are consistently some of our highest performers in the Pharm.D. Program.  Last year FEAP produced our valedictorian, Alexander Corcoran who was also a varsity Volleyball player in her undergraduate years.  

At this year’s White Coat Ceremony, we recognized Dr. Peter Vlasses, Emeritus Executive Director of Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as the distinguished Gavin S. Herbert Award recipient. Earlier in the day, Dr. Vlasses gave a keynote speech to the PharmD Class of 2021 that spanned from the beginning of pharmacy through the changes over the centuries in pharmacy education and into the future of the profession.  Dr. Vlasses served as the Executive Director of ACPE for 20 years and was a leader in the profession of pharmacy for almost 45 years.  He retired in August of this year. 

For the first time in Chapman’s history, the annual U.S. News report ranked Chapman University at No. 125 in the National Universities group, an elevated category that includes 399 of the leading private and public research universities across the United States. Chapman moved to Carnegie R2 Research University Status earlier this year.

“We are thrilled to be moved into the category of National universities,” said President Daniele Struppa. “It is a great recognition of the increased quality, stature, and reputation of Chapman. We have record student applications, distinguished faculty who are all very active in their disciplines, and incredible research and scholarly activity being recognized throughout the world. All of this has contributed to Chapman no longer being classified as a regional university.”

Chapman University Achieves National Ranking in U.S. News & World Report List

Please mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Interprofessional Patient Safety Conference (IPSC) on March 8, 2020, at the Waterfront Beach Resort Hilton in Huntington Beach, CA. The IPSC follows the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s 8th Annual World Patient Safety Science & Technology Summit. We share the same mission to deepen health providers’ learning around topics related to preventable medical errors and deaths.  We are planning to eliminate medical harm and preventable deaths. Embracing this shared purpose, participants will learn with and from each other in case-based workshops, as well as from speakers who are experts in the topic areas and are committed to improving patient safety worldwide. CUSP faculty wrote a number of actionable Patient Safety Solutions. The faculty and I contributed to the development of a pan-professional patient safety education curriculum being implemented throughout the world.

As always, thanks to all our friends and the pharmacy community for your commitment and support. It is because of you that we can do anything imaginable!


Ronald P. Jordan, R.Ph., FAPhA
Chapman University School of Pharmacy