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Welcoming Nursing, Health Professions Academic Home to Drexel’s University City Campus

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.

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Medical Education Leader for Changing Times

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.

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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.

Wawa Comes to Drexel

It was big news when Shake Shack opened on the Drexel campus in 2013. But we may have outdone ourselves with today’s opening of the largest Wawa in Philadelphia. This is a wonderful addition to our campus.

Amazing Restoration at Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences

The restoration of the beloved dioramas at Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences is a must see. Congrats and thank you to Jennifer Sontchi, the Academy’s senior director of exhibits and public spaces, and everyone else who worked so hard on this venerable exhibit, which is part of the fabric for so many in Philadelphia.

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