Leading Change: Strategic Plan 2015–2020

September 2017

Change is part of the fabric of the UCSF School of Pharmacy. We instigate it, support it, adapt to it—and we plan for it.

Leading Change: Strategic Plan 2015–2020, summarizes the combined conclusions of our faculty, with important input from colleagues, regarding our focus over the next five years. While broad enough to envelop our work as a whole, it is also clear in its direction. Through 2020, we will …

  • Drive the development of innovative and precise drugs, medical devices, and diagnostic tests
  • Prepare leaders who think critically, work across fields, and lead in rapidly changing marketplaces
  • Reframe how the medication needs of patients are met
  • Support our agents of change—our faculty, staff, and alumni
  • Ensure the School has the framework needed to excel

To be successful, plans must be nimble. In 2017, we reshaped or retired some objectives and changed the names of drivers and collaborators to reflect new hires, new leadership appointments, and departures.

What follows is the updated plan, with progress noted from January 2015 to January 2017.

The current plan is a foundation for even greater things. From it we will reach for the next big, innovative, entrepreneurial ideas that will ensure a time when precise therapeutics—used safely and effectively—improve the health of people everywhere.


Dean B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD


Vice Dean Sharon L. Youmans, PharmD, MPH

Chair Tejal Desai, PhD, Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences

Chair Matthew Jacobson, PhD, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Chair Lisa Kroon, PharmD, Department of Clinical Pharmacy

The plan

Leading Change: Strategic Plan 2015–2020 has five themes, each with its own goals and specific objectives. Progress toward each objective is described in detail, with reference to who is driving the objective forward, with which partners, and providing specific examples.

  1. Research
  2. Education

  3. Patient care

  4. People

  5. Framework for success

Update: As of May 2019, Leading Change: Strategic Plan 2015–2020 has been extended through the 2021-2022 academic year.

Planning process

The planning process was purposefully deliberate and inclusive.