The University has appointed Rae Matsumoto, PhD as the new dean for Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy. Dr. Matsumoto comes from Touro University California, where she has served as the dean of the College of Pharmacy since 2014. She has more than 20 years of administrative experience building collaborative, multidisciplinary educational programs and brings a deep and broad perspective of changes in pharmacy practice to ensure Pacific’s pharmacy program meets the educational and research needs of students and faculty.

“I am looking forward to being a part of the future of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy, and building on the legacy of pharmacy education and practice for which University of the Pacific is known,” said Dr. Matsumoto.

Prior to her position at Touro, Dr. Matsumoto was the associate dean for research and graduate programs in the School of Pharmacy at West Virginia University. Dr. Matsumoto’s experience also includes faculty and administrative roles at University of Mississippi, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and University of California, Irvine.

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She earned her bachelor of science in biology and psychology from Creighton University. She earned her master of science in psychology and doctor of philosophy in psychology from Brown University. Dr. Matsumoto completed postdoctoral training in psychology and biochemistry at Brown University and postdoctoral training in physiology at Northwestern University. She has been actively involved in the accreditation process of doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) programs by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education at four institutions.

“I am looking forward to being a part of the future of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy, and building on the legacy of pharmacy education and practice for which University of the Pacific is known.”

Her extensive research experience has focused on the development of pharmaceutical treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders, in particular the relationship between cellular mechanisms and therapeutic effects. Over the course of her career she applied for seven patents.

Dean Phillip R. Oppenheimer, who has served in the role of dean since 1997, announced his plans for retirement last February. He will continue to serve until Dr. Matsumoto joins us on July 1.

New School Name – Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy

The School has been renamed the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy where the Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program, Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program and Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences Program will continue to reside.

The School of Health Sciences currently houses three inaugural programs: master of science in nursing, master of science in clinical nutrition and master of social work. In addition to the inaugural programs, the School of Health Sciences will be home to Pacific’s programs in Athletic Training, Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies and Speech-Language Pathology.

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