Kathleen R. Mayes P'76, PharmD'78 assumed the role of interim president at University of the Sciences on July 13, 2015, becoming the University's 24th president. Dr. Mayes parlayed her education into a successful business career, epitomizing the caliber of graduates produced by the institution in its nearly 200 years of existence.
Immediately after graduating from then Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (PCPS), Dr. Mayes made history when she was named the first clinical pharmacist employed by the pharmacy department at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). In 1983, after four years at CHOP, she became the medical director at Sieber and McIntyre, a division of McCann Ericson, following a recommendation from Dr. John Gans to pursue a career in healthcare business.
She left Sieber and McIntyre after two years and, with two colleagues, started their own firm, Integrated Communications Corporation. There, she served as executive VP, medical director, and managing partner. In 1991, Dr. Mayes struck out on her own to found Applied Clinical Communications, Inc., of Parsippany, N.J.—where she was founder and president, and in 1996, her husband, Jim, joined Applied Clinical and served as CFO and COO. The company operated as a pharmaceutical consultancy specializing in medical education. The company was acquired by UnitedHealth Group of Minnesota in January 2000 to form Ingenix Pharmaceutical Services. Dr. Mayes was president of marketing for Ingenix from 2000 to 2002 before retiring.
In 2004, Dr. Mayes joined USciences board of trustees as the alumni representative. By 2007, she was elected to serve on the board and joined the executive committee. She was named vice chair of the board in 2012 and has served in that role until becoming interim president. Among her board roles, Dr. Mayes chaired the Presidential Search Committee in 2011.
Through the generous donations and ongoing commitment of the Mayes' to address our country's healthcare needs, they helped to sponsor the formation of USciences' business college. Established in 2007, Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy was named after Dr. Mayes. Mayes College delivers education in specialized fields such as biomedical writing, pharmaceutical and healthcare business, health policy, and public health, and provides students with hands-on learning experiences, internships, and personal connections.
In further recognition of her devotion to her alma mater, Dr. Mayes was presented with the Ivor Griffith Service Award in September 2012. This annual award is presented at USciences' Alumni Reunion and given to an individual who has voluntarily given his/her time and service in outstanding fashion to the University either directly or through his/her activity in the USciences Alumni Association.
In April 2014, the Mayes made a further $2 million commitment to Mayes College. The funds are earmarked to further support student endeavors, as well as faculty research and development. In addition, the monies provide programmatic support, including lectures, conferences, and symposia, that provide direct access for students and faculty to the myriad of thought leaders and professionals in the healthcare industry.
Kate and Jim are accomplished sailors, sports enthusiasts, and avid travelers, as well as residents of Coral Gables, Fla. They have three daughters and three grandchildren.