Clark Gustafson ’66 Elected to Pacific’s Board of Regent’s

I am delighted to share the election of pharmacy alumnus Clark Gustafson ’66 to the University of the Pacific Board of Regent’s. He exhibits strengths of good character which distinguish him in all he does and the University is fortunate to have Clark joining the Board.

I have known Clark for many years. We have worked together in the California Pharmacists Association and on numerous committees and projects. He has served on my Dean’s Leadership Council at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences since its inception in 2000, and prior to that, was a guiding force in the University’s President’s National Commission, which laid the groundwork establishing the many aspects of our strategic plan and capital campaign.

His service to the School and University has extended to the Department of Pharmacy Practice and to our alumni and students. He has a passion for professional competence and is willing to put himself out there for our students and especially their clinical training. Clark was a key figure in the development of our Bakersfield Advanced Pharmacy Practice Region and continues to effect growth and advancement in this area. He has provided funding to underwrite receptions for the Bakersfield region; opened his homes for alumni and student gatherings; speaks to our students on issues of business management and managed care; and is a philanthropic friend of the School.

Clark’s professional service and honors exhibit his important achievements and contributions: Among his most prominent service to CPhA are his service as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1978-1985; President in 1984; and multiple years as Chairman such key committees as Long Range Planning and Long Term Care and Institutional Pharmacy Academy.  Clark was honored as Pharmacist of the Year in 2001. He has served for nine years as Vice President of Pharmaceutical Care Network and as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Premier Pharmacists Network for three years. He has been active during his career in the American Pharmacists Association, serving as Trustee of the Board of Directors and currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and has served on the Committee of Home Health Care and Ancillary Personnel.

The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at University of the Pacific honored Clark as Alumnus of the Year in 2010. An honor given, not only for his service to the School and the distinction he has brought to Pacific as an alumni, but also for his many years of service to the profession.

You can read the official University announcement here.

Dr. Carolyn Clancy to Deliver 2013 PHS Commencement Keynote Address

The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will welcome Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, as keynote speaker for the School’s 2013 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

“We are honored to have Dr. Clancy as our Commencement keynote speaker,” said Dean Oppenheimer. “I believe her message will be one that inspires and resonates with our graduates.”

Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., was appointed Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on February 5, 2003, and reappointed on October 9, 2009. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Clancy was Director of AHRQ’s Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research.

Dr. Clancy, a general internist and health services researcher, is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Following clinical training in internal medicine, Dr. Clancy was a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining AHRQ in 1990, she was also an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia.

Dr. Clancy holds an academic appointment at the George Washington University School of Medicine (Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine) and serves as Senior Associate Editor for the journal Health Services Research. She serves on multiple editorial boards, including Annals of Internal Medicine, Annals of Family Medicine, American Journal of Medical Quality, and Medical Care Research and Review.

Dr. Clancy is a member of the Institute of Medicine and was elected a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2004. In 2009, she was awarded the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research.

Dr. Clancy’s major research interests include improving health care quality and patient safety and reducing disparities in care associated with patients’ race, ethnicity, gender, income, and education. As Director of AHRQ, she launched the first annual report to Congress on health care disparities and health care quality.

Dr. Clancy lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, with her husband, Bill. She enjoys jogging, movies, and spending time with her extended family, especially her four nieces, who live in Virginia.

The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Science Commencement Ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m., doors open at 8:00 a.m. At this ceremony, President Eibeck will confer degrees, students will walk across the stage and will be hooded and outstanding student leaders will be recognized. Seating is general admission and tickets are not required.