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Reflecting on a Decade of Distinction

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.

Service and Reflection in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It has been more than three decades since the first national observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the need to reflect upon this great leader’s legacy seems more relevant than ever.

Spirit of Ambition

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

Leadership is Key to Training Great Health-Care Practitioners

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.

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Putting University’s Academic and Research Strengths to Work

For nearly a century, Drexel has demonstrated through its co-op program the effectiveness of learning by leaving the classroom for the workplace to gain real-world experience and insight. Today, we are enhancing our corporate relationships by putting the University’s academic and research strengths to work here on campus to develop solutions that business partners can utilize in their fields.

The LeBow College of Business has been the center of activity in this area, working with a range of industry partners; notable among them, SEI, which last year turned to LeBow’s Behavioral Science Lab for a study on how consumers react to the financial services firm’s website. Now, we plan to build out this approach across the University — and, in doing so, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Drexel Business Solutions Institute.

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First-years Take Their Places

It’s great to see the campus corridors thronged with a full complement of students this week, following the typically quiet days of summer session. And I have a sense that this new class of first-year students will be making itself heard in many other ways as these undergraduates proceed along their educational journey. They’re certainly starting from a position of strength — as our most talented, and largest, class ever enrolled.

The 9/11 Anniversary and the Power of Memory

For the generation of Americans who lived through World War II, each anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor brought back vivid and, no doubt, raw memories. But it was through their observance of the day that succeeding generations have understood its significance. As we note another year’s passing since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, it is worth reflecting upon how future generations will come to appreciate an event that most Americans living today witnessed — one that demanded so much bravery, resilience and healing. Continue reading

Doing Good, Feeling Good

Next week, it will be my honor to welcome Vanguard employees to the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, where they will be deployed for the firm’s annual volunteer event. We’re so pleased to have their help for the day, and it only strengthens our ties to Vanguard — whose mid-career employees already participate in our customized MBA program at the Bennett S. LeBow College of Business.

I’ll be talking about the importance of that partnership, and others, in my greeting to the Vanguard volunteers. And I also plan to remind them about the unique benefits of volunteering — like the fact that it’s good for you.

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Dragons (Drexel alums) and Dinosaurs

One of the best events we hold at Drexel isn’t usually on campus: our Drexel InSites evenings in which we invite alumni and others to learn about the work and the ever-evolving mission of their alma mater.  We move them around, anywhere from New York to San Francisco. Tomorrow, Wed., Aug. 22, is another of these special sessions, and it happens to be close to home. We’re gathering at 6 p.m. at the Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University, and we’ll hear from our new president and CEO Scott Cooper. He has a world of experience from work in museums … all over the world.

 

Online Learning in Our Future

At our fifth annual assessment conference in September, it will be my honor to moderate a discussion with several of my colleagues from area colleges and universities. One topic certain to arise: the role of distance learning in higher education as the number of traditional students (graduating high school seniors) ebbs and flows. Here’s a look at how Drexel is guiding its efforts in this area, and I look forward to hearing other perspectives.

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