» An Update from Our Dean

Fall 2020

Dean Ronald P. Jordan

Greetings! We sincerely hope you are well, safe, and healthy.

I would like to begin the message by showing my deepest appreciation to our students who have demonstrated their unceasing commitment to pursuing pharmacy education through this unprecedented time. I also would like to extend my heart-felt thank you to our faculty and staff who have contributed over the past several months to making this atypical academic year begin with such unity and positivity. Although this is not the experience we have come to expect, let us remain strong and continue our journey as a dean, student, faculty, staff and alumni.

It is my pleasure to welcome our sixth cohort of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) students. The incoming Class of 2023 features 82 students who will become the newest and greatest generation of pharmacists in the nation. At this year’s White Coat Ceremony, we recognized Mr. Al Babbington as the Gavin S. Herbert Sr. Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Science. Mr. Babbington is the founder and retired CEO of PresceribeWellness and spent the last decade changing the role of community pharmacy from a dispensary to a center for preventive healthcare and wellness through this company’s pharmacy-patient communication tool. His dedication truly exemplifies the highest standard of professionalism and compassion in the pharmaceutical sciences our school was founded to support.

CUSP is proud to share many accomplishments of our faculty. A recent work by Drs. Mohieldin and Nauli’s laboratory team was recently published in Advanced Science and was featured on the front cover of the issue. Dr. Nauli received $1.38M from the NIH R01, which makes it three CUSP faculty who have received NIH R01 grants within 1.5 years for the total amount of $4.2M. Dr. Goad was elected Vice President of the NFID Board of Directors after more than 20 years of his dedication in travel medicine and immunization services.

The CUSP Alumni Advisory Board welcomed three new board members who will be serving for the next three years to support CUSP and its alumni community: Ms. Dill, Dr. Dobberpuhl and Dr. Le. The board will be led by the new chair Dr. Michael Phan and vice chair Ms. Romina Nabiee. With these new, significant additions and leadership, we are thrilled to celebrate more accomplishments that our alumni continue to achieve. I also would like to congratulate Dr. Mary Ngo who will be receiving the 2020 Chapman University Distinguished Alumni Award in October for her remarkable leadership skills and contribution to our alumni community.

I am sincerely grateful for the CUSP community who are dedicated to keeping people safe during this global crisis. 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 in preparing our students to keep patients safe with medication use so they can lead a better, safer, healthier life!

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