Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy (CUSP) will host its inaugural White Coat Ceremony on Friday, August 28, in Irvine, CA. In addition to welcoming the school’s first 77 students into the profession through the traditional white coating ceremony designed to mark the beginning of their professional pharmacy education; this first school of pharmacy in Orange County will commemorate the occasion by presenting The Gavin S. Herbert Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The initial recipient of this annual award will be presented to its namesake—Gavin S. Herbert, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Allergan Pharmaceuticals.

Headshot of Gavin S. HerbertPhoto caption: Gavin S. Herbert

“Gavin Herbert is a hero of mine—what he did as a leader in building Allergan into one of the great pharmaceutical companies of the world is the stuff of miracles,” said Jim Doti, president of Chapman University.

Gavin S. Herbert, the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Allergan, Inc., was its Chief Executive Officer from 1961 to 1991. Allergan is a global health care company providing innovative brand name pharmaceutical products worldwide through a corporate commitment to “bringing the best medicines to life.”  Mr. Herbert is currently Chairman of Roger’s Gardens, a garden center in Newport Beach, California, and the Chairman and Founder of Regenesis in San Clemente, California. Regenesis manufactures and markets products for remediation of contaminated underground water. Mr. Herbert served on the Board of Directors of Allergan, the Allergan Foundation, SmithKline-Beckman, Beckman Corp. and the Beckman Foundation. Currently, he is a Board Member for Doheny Eye Institute and The Nixon Foundation. He is a Life Trustee of the University of Southern California, as well as a member of the Chapman University “President’s Cabinet.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate the inaugural class of Orange County’s first School of Pharmacy in our first White Coat Ceremony,” said Ron Jordan, R.Ph. FAPhA, and founding dean of CUSP. “Honoring Gavin Herbert and his contributions to pharmaceutical sciences and Orange County adds an enormously valued legacy to the launch of our new school.”

The award will come commensurate with a bronze bust of Herbert to be unveiled in 2016 that will reside on CUSP’s Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, CA.

While closed to the public, media are welcome to attend the White Coat Ceremony and Celebration for CUSP’s Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Program, Class of 2018. The event will take place Friday, August 28, at 4 p.m., at the Courtyard Marriott in Irvine, CA. A reception will immediately follow.

Established in 2012,
Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy
(CUSP) is the first such school in Orange County. CUSP has received precandidate accreditation for its accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy program from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)—a national agency for the accreditation of professional degree pharmacy programs.

CUSP currently offers three programs: an M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a three-year accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, and a 2+3 Freshman Early Assurance pre-pharmacy program. This year, CUSP will apply for WASC approval of a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program in the Pharmaceutical Sciences to open in the next several years.

CUSP programs have been built on a strong foundation emphasizing assessment of the competencies, skills, knowledge and attitudes successful graduates should possess including communication, compassion, leadership and developing oneself to be a high performing team member.


As Orange County’s first school of pharmacy with entry of its first professional degree cohort of students in September of 2015, CUSP will empower graduates and faculty to develop a deep scientific foundation, the drive for lifelong learning, and the compassion to optimize delivery of health care for those with diverse and unmet needs in Orange County and beyond through inter-professional practice models and community outreach. CUSP creates the culture and environment necessary to conduct collaborative basic, translational, clinical education and outcomes research and learning that make a difference in people’s lives.  CUSP intends to become a leader in innovative, inter-professional and personalized education of future pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and pharmacy educators, while being recognized for excellence in collaborative, impactful research, scholarship and practice models that advance global health. The program will deliver the Doctor of Pharmacy degree governed by the ACPE and lead to a license to practice pharmacy as governed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). The school is located in Chapman University’s Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, CA. For more information, visit

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