CHSU COP Announced $1 Million Gift for Scholarship Fund at Opening Celebration

April 21, 2014

CHSU College of Pharmacy Announced $1 Million Gift for Scholarship Fund at Opening Celebration

CHSU College of Pharmacy Ribbon Cutting 2-20-14

CHSU Board of Trustees; Founding President, Florence T. Dunn; and Founding Dean of Pharmacy, Dr. David Hawkins cut the ribbon in celebration of the CHSU College of Pharmacy Grand Opening Feb 2014

CLOVIS, Calif. – The opening of the Central Valley’s first College of Pharmacy was celebrated on Tuesday in Clovis. California Health Sciences University President, Florence T. Dunn with the university’s Board Chair, Dr. John D. Welty, and other Trustees led the celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Following the ceremony, Dr. Welty announced that the California Health Sciences University Scholarship Fund had been established with a one million dollar gift from Gerald and Nanette Lyles.

“I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge a fellow board member, Mr. Gerald Lyles and his wife Nanette, who recognized that without financial support, many students would not have the opportunity for the education we offer, “ stated Dr. Welty. “Thank you so much Gerald and Nanette for your generosity and commitment to this community. Your gift will make a significant difference for many students and your generosity will no doubt inspire others to follow your example to help us build an even stronger scholarship program.”

The university’s new scholarship fund is managed by the Fresno Regional Foundation. Contributions to the California Health Sciences University Scholarship Fund can be made online at Fresno Regional Foundation’s website

Following the scholarship announcement, CHSU Administration and Faculty representing the Offices of: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Admissions, Financial Aid, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, Research, Experiential Education, and Library/Learn Resources were on hand to discuss their respective areas of expertise. The event included a campus tour highlighting the library, student lounge, faculty research lab, practice lab and mock pharmacy.

Earlier this month, the university announced it is working toward accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the nation’s accrediting body for pharmacy education, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), which has granted California Health Sciences University (CHSU) College of Pharmacy “pre-candidate status” allowing the college to admit the fall 2014 class this August as planned. Pre-candidate accreditation is the first of three steps leading to accreditation by the ACPE.

CHSU’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is four year, post-baccalaureate program and applications are being accepted by the College of Pharmacy for up to 84 students in the initial class.

“CHSU College of Pharmacy has received a lot of interest from students in the Valley, throughout California, and from all over the country,” stated Dr. David Hawkins, Dean College of Pharmacy. “We’ve already accepted some highly qualified students and we are in the process of evaluating hundreds more applications and scheduling interviews so we can make additional offers.”

While the application deadline for this initial class is set for June 1, 2014, the College of Pharmacy operates under a rolling admissions policy so offers are made to applicants as they meet our qualifications, which includes a day-long interview. The College of Pharmacy is well on its way to fill the first class of students, Dean Hawkins said.

The university is hosting a Campus Tour on Saturday, March 8 from 9 am until Noon. CHSU College of Pharmacy is located at 120 N. Clovis Avenue near Herndon Avenue and highway 168. The public is invited to attend.

For more information about CHSU, the Campus Tour and the new Doctor of Pharmacy program, visit, call 559-325-3600 or find them on facebook, twitter and Linkedin.

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