Dan Brown Named Dean of Pharmacy at California Health Sciences University

Dan Brown, new Dean of Pharmacy of California Health Sciences University.
Dan Brown, new Dean of Pharmacy of California Health Sciences University.


Dan Brown has been named Dean of Pharmacy at California Health Sciences University College of Pharmacy effective July 1, 2017.

Brown comes to CHSU from Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he served as Dean of the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy from 2005-2010, at which time he returned to full-time teaching with a focus on faculty development.

He has over 35 years of academic and professional experience, much of which has been spent working in hospital pharmacy management.

“With extensive experience in the field of pharmacy, team-based learning, and clinical practice, Dr. Brown will be instrumental in leading our College’s unique mission and prepare our students to become Advanced Practice Pharmacists,” Senior Academic VP, Provost and Interim Dean of Pharmacy Wendy Duncan said in a statement. “He is an accomplished leader who can help to develop our faculty’s teaching and clinical skills with an innovative curriculum to prepare our students for the highest degree of professional preparation.”

In 2013, Brown was recognized as a Certified Consultant-Trainer at the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC), a world-renowned organization that encourages and supports the use of team-based learning in all levels of education.

Dr. Brown has served as a clinical practice faculty member at four other schools of pharmacy, holding such positions as director of drug information, director of experiential education, director of pharmacy services, director of ambulatory care, and program director for an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency.  

He also served as the Director of Pharmacy Services at San Joaquin General Hospital near Stockton in 1987-1988 and 1998-2001 and at Merced Community Medical Center (now Mercy Medical Center Merced) from 1991 to 1998.

His passion for serving patients and the health care needs of our community will help us achieve our university mission to healthcare outcomes of people living in the Central Valley, Duncan added.

Dr. Brown completed his Clinical Pharmacy Residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center, Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy, and Bachelor of Science at the University of Wisconsin.

“I am honored by this appointment and inspired to continue the great work already begun by President Dunn, Provost Duncan, and the entire CHSU community to offer a program that is uniquely designed to prepare students from this part of California to become future leaders within the profession of pharmacy,” Brown said in a statement. “I have strong ties to the Central Valley and look forward to working with CHSU students, faculty, staff and local partners to improve healthcare outcomes in this region. I have been mission driven throughout my career, and the CHSU mission is one that I am very eager, and truly humbled, to begin.”

Brown was selected from a pool of highly-qualified candidates during a national search that began last spring. Brown will succeed Duncan.

About California Health Sciences University (CHSU)

California Health Sciences University was founded in 2012 and is the first university of its kind in the Central Valley. Envisioned by the Assemi family, CHSU offers a local option for healthcare professionals seeking postgraduate and doctoral programs and to help remedy the shortage of health care services offered in the Valley. Students can enjoy the unique combination of high quality of life, affordable cost of living and plentiful career opportunities the Valley provides.

The College of Pharmacy was the first program offered because of the demand for pharmacists in the region. CHSU plans to open up to 10 post-baccalaureate colleges to train healthcare professionals in the coming years and is considering Allied Health, Podiatry, and a Medical school. The timing and specific discipline for each new school will be determined based on the need and opportunity for job placement within the region.

The fall 2017 admission cycle for the CHSU College of Pharmacy is underway and applications for the Doctor of Pharmacy program are now being accepted.

For more information about the Doctor of Pharmacy program at CHSU, visit www.chsu.org, call 559-325-3600 or find them on facebook, twitter and Linkedin.