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ORANGE, Calif. – Lawrence “LB” Brown, PharmD, Ph.D., FAPhA, associate dean of student and academic affairs for Chapman University’s new School of Pharmacy, has been elected as the next president of the American Pharmacists Assocation (APhA), the association has announced.  Dr. Brown, after serving as the 2014-2015 president-elect, will succeed Matthew C. Osterhaus, BSPharm, FASCP, FAPhA of Maquoketa, Iowa to the office of APhA president on March 30, 2015 at the conclusion of the 2015 APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego.

Dr. Brown, in addition to his deanship at Chapman, is also a professor of pharmacoeconomics and health policy in the Chapman pharmacy school, which was established last year and looks forward to welcoming its first cohort of students in fall 2015.  Prior to this position, Dr. Brown served as associate professor and director of graduate studies in health outcomes and policy research for the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy.  He received his PharmD from the University of the Pacific and a Ph.D. in social and administrative pharmacy from the University of Minnesota.  He is a former U.S. Air Force pharmacy technician.

Dr. Brown has served as marketing consultant for community pharmacy MTM (medication therapy management) providers and as co-chair of the Quality Metrics Workgroup for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance.  He has been an APhA delegate for the past 15 years.  Some of his former offices include APhA-Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) chapter president, speaker of the house of delegates for APhA and APhA-ASP, APhA trustee, national president of the Kappa Psi International Pharmaceutical Fraternity, and UTHSC faculty senate president. Brown was awarded Pharmacy Student of the Year by the California Pharmacists Association, and his international involvement resulted in his receiving the “Medallion of the Association” award from the Hungarian Private Pharmacists Association.  He is a member of the Kappa Psi, Phi Lambda Sigma and Rho Chi pharmacy leadership and honorary societies.

The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States.

As Orange County’s first school of pharmacy, anticipating entry of its first cohort of students following ACPE and WASC accreditation approval, CUSP will enhance global health delivery and the biopharmaceutical and biomedical sciences by developing leading health care pharmacy practitioners and scientists who have a deep scientific foundation, a passion for human health improvement and the caring concern needed to make a difference in people’s lives. CUSP engages students in science‐based, personalized, interdisciplinary training that engages the local community and focuses students on the lifelong pursuit of answers to, the grand challenges in human health around the world. The program will deliver the Doctor of Pharmacy degree governed by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), the national professional licensing authority. The CUSP curriculum is an 8-trimester year-round program leading to the PharmD degree. The program will develop pharmacists who are skilled at critical thinking and who are well equipped to work in inter-professional teams in a pharmaceutical scientific research and professional pharmacy practice setting, striving to improve human health through delivery of outstanding  patient care.  The school will be located in Chapman University’s new Health Sciences Campus in Irvine.

Consistently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University attracts highly qualified students from around the globe. Its programs are designed to encourage leadership in innovation, creativity and collaboration, and are increasingly recognized for providing an extraordinary educational experience. The university now excels in film and media arts, performing arts, educational studies, economics and business, law, humanities and the sciences. Student enrollment in graduate and undergraduate programs is approaching 7,000, and Chapman University alumni are found throughout California and the world.

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