From the President

What an exciting first year it has been for me at USciences! My travel from LA to Las Vegas to Florida and more has reinforced my knowledge of the range of entrepreneurship and leadership exhibited by our alumni throughout the country and the world. Your alumni board has been ever so supportive of the University, linking its strategic plan with the goals of the University.

On campus, I have met with every office and learned firsthand about their strengths and goals. The faculty senate has worked diligently to review academic standards and ensure the best curriculum possible in all of our programs. The student government association is strong here, and in monthly meetings, they have brought many issues to my attention as I have to them. Thanks to our discussions, we are moving forward on initiatives such as an honor code for students and a smoke-free campus.

Due to the cost containment and strong controls of our budget managers, the Facilities Department is overseeing board-approved work on over $2 million of campus improvements. Our new building for interprofessional education, and future home to the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, is raising steel in July. And don’t miss coming back for the reunion in September to see the changes on the campus, especially in the library!

Most of all, we have streamlined our University's administration from the top and reinvested millions gained back into our primary purpose: education. We’re hiring new faculty in pharmacy and raising the operating budgets in biology and chemistry. All of our accreditations, including pharmacy, are on target. Additionally, I am pleased to announce that both the physician assistant and pharmaceutical and healthcare business programs are in the candidacy phase of accreditation, which will be an important mark of excellence for each when fully achieved. Overall, we received good feedback from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education from their site visit for our University-wide accreditation.

Our collective vision is for the achievement of academic excellence and delivering high value for our students. We are working collectively to ensure that USciences is recognized as a great place to work for faculty and staff. As I complete my first year, it excites me to know that we have a lot more to do together. University of the Sciences has had a great place in Philadelphia'’s history. I believe that USciences will have a great place in its future.



Helen F. Giles-Gee



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