California's private Chapman University is on the hunt for a PR firm to promote the institution, faculty and its programs as it expands with schools of pharmacy and health/behavioral science over the next two years.

chapmanThe Orange, Calif.-based liberal arts college released an open RFP on Feb. 24 with the expectation to award a two-year contract carrying a single option year.

Media relations, website work, reputation and branding are expected for the winning agency.

Chapman counts around 7,500 students and is preparing for certification of its School of Pharmacy in 2015. A College of Health and Behavioral Sciences is on tap for June and plans for a 145K-square-foot science and tech center are in place.

Five firms were sent the RFP but any can pitch the account, the institution said.

Mark Woodland, VP of strategic marketing and communications is overseeing the search.

Proposals are due March 31.

View the RFP (PDF).