May 2013

The UCSF School of Pharmacy continues to excel in accomplishing its goals during this strategic plan cycle. The current plan originally dated to cover 2007-2012 was extended through December 2013 and subsequently through December 2014 to allow a new dean, appointed in April 2013, time to develop the next plan together with the faculty.


While accomplishing our plans, UCSF and the School faced substantial budget challenges, most notably due to extensive budget cuts from the State of California and the need to finance unfunded mandates for retirement and cost-of-living increases.

Regardless, the UCSF School of Pharmacy:

  • Continues to increase research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) across all three departments.
  • Remains the recipient of more research funding from the NIH than any other pharmacy school in the nation.
  • Remains the top-ranked Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in the United States.
  • Remains highly competitive for the top PharmD and PhD student applicants and postdoctoral scholars.

Administratively during this strategic plan period, the School:

  • Participated fully in the creation of a Long Range Development Plan for the campus, which includes School aspirations for the next 30 years.
  • Created, along with campus unit peers, first-ever business plan goals that both align with the School's mission and aim to increase revenue to the School.
  • Centralized the School's PharmD education administrative functions to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Downsized contracts and grants and human resources staff in concert with campus plans to centralize these functions and increase administrative efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Created a management position to harness and optimize the use of academic, administrative, and research information technology, and to increase efficiency and effectiveness across the breadth of what we do in the School.
  • Developed the technical framework for a contemporary School of Pharmacy online presence, including integrated websites across the School; launched a comprehensive overhaul of web content; and began using analytics and "listening" tools to inform communications strategies.
  • Dissolved its Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences and united with the School of Medicine to create a new joint department, the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, and appointed department co-chairs.
  • Appointed a scientist with pharmaceutical industry expertise as chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
  • Transitioned after the retirement of the dean to the administration of an interim dean, while recruiting for the permanent position.

Amid these School changes and substantial changes on campus-including the recruitment and hire of a new chancellor, the appointment of campus leadership within the chancellor's office, and major transformations in the ways UCSF carries out its administrative operations as a whole-the School's accomplishment of its 2007-2012 plans proceeds without pause during this extension period.

Examples of major accomplishments appear below. Accomplishments often relate to more than one goal but are presented below just once under the goal to which each is most closely aligned.