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Dr. Helen F. Giles-Gee
President, University of the Sciences 

President Helen F. Giles-Gee, PhD

Dr. Helen F. Giles-Gee was selected the 22nd president in the 192-year history of University of the Sciences and began her tenure on July 16, 2012.

A well-respected and nationally known scholar, having published articles, book chapters, and national reports on economic revitalization, faculty workload, academic planning, global education, minority retention, and more, she has more than 30 years of experience in higher education. Dr. Giles-Gee has a documented history of working with faculty, staff, administrators, and campus communities to implement strategies that propel institutions to higher levels.

Since her arrival at USciences, Dr. Giles-Gee has already begun to make an impact. She has taken strides to make the University more efficient through internal realignments and assessments generating millions of dollars to reinvest in campus priorities, worked to further development of articulation agreements with other institutions, increased activities with the community, and is reinvigorating planning for strategic initiatives. In February 2013, she helped to realize the plans for the construction of the Integrated Professional Education Complex. She added a new provost and vice president for finance and administration to the administration in July 2013 and looks to bolster student recruitment and retention with a new vice president for enrollment and student success.

Dr. Giles-Gee served as president of Keene State College in New Hampshire from 2005 through 2012. In that time, she led Keene State through a major institutional transformation, spearheading the development and implementation of a strategic plan that in its first five years reached or surpassed benchmarks for academic excellence, and raised national rankings in areas of sustainability, service, and reputation.

Prior to her arrival at Keene, Dr. Giles-Gee was provost at Rowan University, dean of the School of Professional Studies at SUNY Cortland, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and director of articulation at the University System of Maryland, executive assistant to the president at Towson State University, and chair of biology at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Giles-Gee currently sits on the national board of directors for Campus Compact as well as the boards for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress, and the University City Science Center. She is the former chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and past president of the Society for College and University Planning. She has served as vice chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, chair of the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission, vice chair of the New Hampshire College & University Council, and vice chair of the American Council on Education Commission on Women in Higher Education, and is a member of New Jersey ACE-Net Coordination Board and other prominent organizations.

She has received many academic and professional awards and commendations, including the National Award of Distinction from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Alumni Association, designation as a “New Century Leader” by New Hampshire Magazine, and a commendation from the Governor of New Hampshire for her leadership. Since her arrival at USciences, she has received The Mary McLeod Bethune Award from the Philadelphia Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (2012); has been named one of Philadelphia’s Most Influential African American Women (2013) and African American Leaders (2012) by the Tribune and to the 2013 Women of Distinction listing by the Philadelphia Business Journal; and has become a member of The Forum of Executive Women (2013).

Dr. Giles-Gee earned a bachelor of arts in psychobiology, a master of science in science education, and a PhD in measurement, evaluation, and techniques of experimental research from University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she holds an MS in zoology from Rutgers University.

A native of Alabama, Dr. Giles-Gee is one of five sisters, three of whom also graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. The fifth attended Tuskegee University, the alma mater of their grandfather and many members of their family. Her mother, now deceased, earned her bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Talladega College. She is the mother of one daughter, Lauren, and Dr. Giles-Gee’s father resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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