WSU College of Pharmacy adopts a new name

Thursday, July 12, 2018

(At left: Pollack, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Photo by Cori Kogan, WSU Spokane.)

SPOKANE, Wash. – WSU’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is celebrating its new name today.

Formerly known as the College of Pharmacy, the update has been in the works since 2016. The switch includes the use the new full name and a new logo. Faculty and staff gathered in Spokane and Yakima for a small reception to celebrate.

The name change follows several years of growth and innovation, and was important for the college to illustrate its balanced mission which includes both pharmaceutical sciences research and pharmacy education:

“To advance human health through excellence in collaborative research, scholarship and clinical education, and develop outstanding health care professionals and scientists.”

The WSU Board of Regents voted to approve the change in November 2017, and over the last nine months the college has been in the process of updating everything from letterhead to building signs. During the celebration today, Dean Gary Pollack unveiled the college’s official updated logo and provided short remarks.

“In our case, our college has a truly bi-modal mission. And so if we want to truly name our organization in a manner that’s intrinsic to its mission, intrinsic to its values, intrinsic to what we do each and every day, then we needed a different way of describing ourselves and communicating what we do to the outside world,” Pollack said.

CPPS is a professional and graduate education college that trains pharmacists and scientists. Its main degree programs are the Doctor of Pharmacy and the Doctorate of Pharmaceutical Sciences degrees. Pharmacy was one of the first four areas of study approved when the university was founded in 1891. The Doctor of Pharmacy program has been accredited since 1912. The college has a longstanding reputation for preparing leaders in pharmacy practice. Cougar pharmacists are some of the most highly sought-after pharmacy professionals for their expertise and entrepreneurial spirit.

Health science research has become increasingly technical, fast-paced and multidisciplinary. Continued progress depends on the collaboration of basic, applied and clinical research from an array of disciplines, along with science-driven outreach and translation of new knowledge into effective interventions and health policies. Over the past eight years the size of the graduate program at the college has grown from nine Ph.D. degree-seeking students in 2010 to 25 now.

Together, WSU scientists and pharmacists will contribute to deepening our understanding of health and the onset and progression of disease, promote individual health and wellness, and the promotion of healthy communities and populations.



Lori Maricle, communications, WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 509-368-6679,