» An Update from Our Dean

Winter 2020

Dean Ronald P. Jordan

CUSP is making significant advancements in pharmacy practice and research.

One year ago, we hosted a retreat for Deans from the colleges of pharmacy in California and decided to work on transforming pharmacy practice to improve the future of Pharmacy graduates. We formed a task force with two subgroups to act on advancing payment for services in CA and on regulatory reform toward a “Standard of Care” model, which would enable innovation. We held a second retreat of the subgroups of this task force in Irvine, CA, this month and will be releasing further actions soon.

CUSP recently hired Dr. Karl Hess, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Community Pharmacy Practice Innovations, to support Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN) nationwide.  Also, we were one of the earliest adopters in California of the ACT (Academic -CPESN Transformation) Pharmacy Collaborative.  In our work with developing the CPESN network of community pharmacies, we agreed to coordinate an increasing number of pharmacy schools involved in the work advancing community pharmacy toward a sustainable future and new business model based on service.  Dr. Hess will soon have a resident working with him on these efforts.

Chapman is making a significant investment in pharmaceutical research by purchasing a Brouker 9.4 Tesla MRI for our core laboratory space.  This investment will boost our research and potentially benefit other Chapman schools in their research. Like most of our core facilities, CUSP will also work with other institutions and collaborators. 

We are pleased to announce the availability of two newly created and one replacement leadership positions as Assistant or Associate Deans. During the first five years of our young school’s history, we have made phenomenal progress in the areas of innovative teaching, practice, and research.  We are excited to move to the next phase of our growth by becoming one of the top schools of pharmacy in the US, which is recognized nationally for its innovative educational programs (PharmD, MS, and PhD), practice, and research. The three available Assistant/Associate Dean positions are in the following areas: Assessment and AccreditationProfessional Affairs and Student Success, and Industry Relations.

Finally, we received Faculty Senate approval to provide a Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs and a Master of Science in Patient Safety.  These programs are moving to final approvals this quarter. Professor Enrique Seoane-Vasquez spearheaded this significant effort, and we are proud of what these programs will do for our community.  More on these programs soon.

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