2020 Distinguished Pharmacy Alumni Awardee
Renee E. Coffman
President and Co-Founder
Roseman University of Health Sciences
“The good foundation in research and critical and analytical thinking I received at Purdue has been a key to making the decisions necessary to advance our University and to realize our goals as an institution. Even though I’m not actively doing research, I rely on those skills I developed as part of the graduate program on a daily basis.”
PhD 1995, Purdue University
- Founding a successful, independent, not-for-profit health professions university
- Teaching pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics to pharmacy students for over 20 years
- Working with Nevada legislature to get pro-pharmacy legislation passed
- Bringing the only pediatric oncology charity care service in Southern Nevada in as an independent subsidiary of Roseman University
- Being part of the team that has grown Roseman University to an institution with 4 colleges, 3 campuses and over $100M in revenues in the span of 20 years
Dr. Renee Coffman is president and co-founder of Roseman University of Health Sciences. She previously served as the University’s Executive Vice President for Quality Assurance and Intercampus Consistency and Dean of its College of Pharmacy. Prior to establishing Roseman University, Renee was a founding faculty member at Western University of Health Sciences, where she also held the position of Facilitative Officer for Student Services. While at Western, Renee and four colleagues received Honorable Mention for the AACP Innovations in Teaching Awards.
Renee earned a Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University and following graduation worked as a pharmacist in Bucyrus, and Piqua, Ohio. In 1995, Renee earned a doctoral degree in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy from Purdue University, where she received the Kienle Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Jenkins-Knevel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research, and was awarded an AAPE-AFPE Association Fellowship.
Renee is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Pharmaceutical Association, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, Phi Kappa Phi and Rho Chi Honor Societies and the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce and Las Vegas HEALS, a nonprofit, membership-based association whose mission is to foster strategic alliances in the healthcare community, collaborating on workforce issues, and being a proactive force for legislative initiatives to improve access and the delivery of quality healthcare.
Renee received the “Who’s Who in Healthcare” Award and the “Women of Distinction” Award in 2008. In 2012, she was named a “Distinguished Alumnus” by Ohio Northern University. She was also been recognized as one of “Women to Watch” in business in 2016 and 2017.