In my remarks this morning at Convocation, I shared my excitement at the start of the new academic year, as well as the 100th anniversary of the Drexel Co-op program.
All around us on campus this morning, there are thousands of new and returning students, some beginning their university careers, others stepping into new professional or graduate training. Some have traveled across town to be here, others have come from around the world. This is their time and I know that we are just as excited as they are to experience the start of the new academic year at Drexel.
As this new academic year begins, we can look back, ahead, and around us with deep pride and appreciation. We have much to celebrate — the launch of the 100th anniversary of the Drexel Co-op program, the continuing brilliance of our faculty, new additions to the University City campus, and the arrival of a high-achieving class of first-year students.
We hope to play an important and constructive role in saving the city’s History Museum collection, making it more accessible to the public and safeguarding it for future generations. My commentary article in The Inquirer outlines are plans.
A transformational development will rise on the Drexel campus over the next several years, providing a new home for two high-performing and innovative West Philadelphia public schools, and bringing the College of Nursing and Health Professions from Center City to University City.
I’m pleased to announce that Drexel has entered into an agreement with developer Wexford Science & Technology, LLC for the design and construction of two buildings on the former University City High School site, on the western end of the University City campus at 36th and Filbert streets, with financing provided by Ventas, Inc. These two projects will bring more dynamism to our campus and further connect us with our neighboring community.
The rich history and broad excellence of the Drexel University College of Medicine has been pivotal to Drexel’s success as a research university. Given the seismic changes confronting medical education, it is important to ensure the College of Medicine’s next leader has experience as a dean as well as a strong track record managing new clinical partnerships.
I am pleased to announce that Charles B. Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAHA, will become the next Annenberg Dean and Senior Vice President of the College of Medicine. Dr. Cairns will succeed Daniel V. Schidlow, MD, who announced last year that he planned to retire this summer.
As we near the close of the decade, my latest President’s Report offers an opportunity to reflect upon milestones, as well as note the many recent highlights that distinguish Drexel as a national center for teaching, cooperative education, research, technology commercialization and civic engagement.
Might consider this an early Valentine to Philadelphia, and to the impatient spirit of ambition that the Drexel community shares with its hometown. Excellent work by my colleagues in the division of Enrollment Management and Student Success marketing and communications office. #ambitioncantwait
Veterans Day is a special time at Drexel as we honor the more than 40 million women and men who served in the United States Armed Forces, and celebrate the extraordinary role our military has played to keep the nation free and safe.
After eight successful years at the helm of the Drexel University College of Medicine, Dr. Daniel V. Schidlow will step down as dean on June 30, 2019. That presents a special challenge, as we initiate the search for a successor.