Dean Phillip Oppenheimer announces retirement
Phillip Oppenheimer, Dean of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, announced he will retire from Pacific after 22 years of leadership and service.
Dean Oppenheimer joined Pacific in 1997 and has led the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Science's transformation to offer a robust set of fully-accredited academic programs. He has helped raise more than $50 million for programs, scholarships, facilities, research and strategic initiatives, including the Biological Sciences Center, the Chan Family Hall and the Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics Building. He has chaired numerous university searches, committees, task forces, external committees and advisory boards.
Dean Oppenheimer is recognized as an experienced and innovative leader in the state and country. He was named California Pharmacists Association Pharmacist of the Year in 2004, American College of Apothecaries Dean of the Year in 2005, and American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists Most Outstanding Dean of the Year in 2014. In 2017, he was inducted into the California Pharmacists Association Hall of Fame.
He has mentored and influenced more than 12,000 health sciences alumni, and hundreds of faculty, staff and administrators over his 46-year career. Dean Oppenheimer has been instrumental in expanding the school's experiential and co-curricular programs and has been a dedicated champion of student success.
The university will conduct a search for a new dean. Dean Oppenheimer will continue to serve until a new dean arrives.
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