After 22 years as dean of University of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and 46 years in academia, Phillip R. Oppenheimer has announced his plans for retirement.


Please join the Pacific family as we celebrate Dean Oppenheimer’s lasting legacy at one of the events that will be held in locations throughout California.

FALL 2019

San Diego


Dates and event locations to be
announced for the following regions:
Northern California
Bay Area
Central Coast
Central Valley
Southern California



Pacific Pharmacy Alumni and Friends Reception in San Diego

Tuesday, September 24 | 6 – 9 p.m.
Mission Bay Yacht Club
1215 El Carmel Place
San Diego, CA 92109


Dean Oppenheimer’s Farewell Brunch in Stockton

Sunday, October 13 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Stockton Golf and Country Club
3800 W Country Club Boulevard
Stockton, CA 95204



Phillip R. Oppenheimer was named Dean.

The Department of Communicative Disorders, which was renamed the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, became a part of the School of Pharmacy. Through a partnership with the local Scottish Rite, this program has provided additional training space for students and has dramatically increased the number of patients who can be seen at the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Center.


The School was renamed by the Regents the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, reflecting the inclusion of the physical therapy and speech-language pathology programs.


The Regents accepted a $13 million grant from the Thomas J. Long Foundation and renamed the School the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This naming honored a financial commitment of more than $20 million donated by the foundation and the Thomas Long family. This gift provided the seed funds for the creation of a new facility on the north campus, adding more than 50,000 square feet of new space.


The School transitioned the master of science in physical therapy degree to a doctor of physical therapy degree. The first class graduated in the fall. Dean Oppenheimer’s leadership resulted in the construction of the Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics, which was later renamed the Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics, reflecting the Chan family’s many contributions. It provided much needed classroom, lecture and clinical space for all academic programs.


Dean Oppenheimer was named the California Pharmacists Association Pharmacist of the Year.

Dean Oppenheimer’s leadership resulted in the establishment of the Hedco Audiology Suite on the Stockton campus, reflecting the support from the Hedco Foundation. Thanks to the generosity of Rite Aid Corporation, the School was able to establish the Rite Aid Information Commons to provide a health sciences library to pharmacy and health sciences students.


Dean Oppenheimer was named the American College of Apothecaries Dean of the Year.

Alumni funded the renovation of the dispensing labs in the Edward and Alice Long Memorial Hall and named the pharmaceutical care labs for faculty emeritus Donald Y. Barker, PhD who, during his tenure at Pacific from 1955 to 1989, taught and mentored thousands of pharmacists.


Rajul Patel ’01, ’06, PharmD, PhD spearheaded the Mobile Medicare Part D free clinics to help beneficiaries evaluate their options and select a plan to save money on their medications. As of 2018, students have volunteered more than 18,000 hours and assisted more than 7,700 beneficiaries with their Medicare Part D plans, saving consumers more than $8 million on potential out-of-pocket prescription drug costs.


Dean Oppenheimer’s leadership resulted in the launch of the AmerisourceBergen/Good Neighbor Pharmacy Entrepreneurial Pharmacy Practice Program. The Entrepreneurial Pharmacy Practice Certification program is designed to advance practitioners who develop entrepreneurial skills through classroom and experiential work.


Through the generosity of ScriptPro, the ScriptPro SP2000 equipment was donated to the Barker Lab enhancing technology and education for the doctor of pharmacy program.

The School launched the combined master of science in pharmaceutical and chemical sciences and fellowship in pharmacy practice. This same year, the School instituted the bachelor of applied science degree.


Dean Oppenheimer was selected as the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Most Outstanding Dean of the Year for his contributions to the APhA-ASP Chapter and active promotion of student welfare through various community service, leadership and professional activities.

Dean Oppenheimer’s leadership resulted in funds to refurbish Brookside Hall and rename it the Chan Family Hall.


Dean Oppenheimer was named a recipient of the University of California, San Francisco Alumni Excellence Award.

The Audiology Clinic on the San Francisco campus began treating patients, providing audiology and hearing aid services through patient visits and community outreach events. The inaugural White Coat Ceremony marked the launch of the doctor of audiology program.

Dean Oppenheimer’s leadership resulted in launch of the Chan Family Office of Academic Success and Instructional Support which provides students in the School with individualized strategies for academic, personal, and professional success.


Pacific’s doctor of pharmacy program receives full eight-year accreditation from ACPE.

Dean Oppenheimer was named the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Central Valley Pharmacists of the Year.


Dean Oppenheimer was inducted into the California Pharmacists Association Hall of Fame.

Thanks to the generosity of the Joseph and Vera Long Foundation and the Chan family, the School was able to renovate the second floor of the Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics (following the relocation of dental hygiene to the San Francisco campus) to include three high-tech large classrooms, a quiet study area, several conference rooms, a telehealth center, 19 faculty offices and a pharmacy care clinic space.


The School secured a significant gift from the Chan family to support the renovation of the Rotunda building, including the construction of new exterior ADA-compliant and gender-inclusive restrooms.


Regent Clark and Pamela Gustafson provided significant funding to support student scholarship, community outreach programs and sustainability for the School and the University.

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