University of the Sciences president Dr.
Helen Giles-Gee has announced her resignation from the University effective
Dec. 31, 2014.
“As this year comes to a close, I continue to
be proud of the many contributions made by the faculty, staff, and students at
USciences and believe that the University moves strongly forward,” said Dr.
Giles-Gee. “At this time and after serious reflection, I have decided to leave
University of the Sciences. I am honored to have served as president and will
hold this University dear in my heart.”
Dr. Giles-Gee became the 22nd president of USciences in July 2012.
She came to the University from Keene State College in New Hampshire where she
had served as president from 2005 through 2012.
behalf of the board, I want to thank Dr. Giles-Gee for her years of service and
many contributions as our 22nd president. She served
USciences well at a difficult period of transition and addressed the objectives
identified by the board of trustees during her tenure,” USciences board of trustees
chairman Marvin Samson said. “Dr. Giles-Gee has been a transformational leader
and made significant contributions to the University in improving operations,
maintaining financial stability, and establishing new accredited academic
programs. She has been passionate about our students as reflected in the
increased student representation on many committees and in developing many new
student organizations. We wish her well in all her future endeavors.”
In September 2014, Dr. Giles-Gee presided
over the dedication of the Integrated Professional Education Complex (IPEX)
that houses the new graduate physician assistant program. Her interest in and
contribution to the West Philadelphia and University City communities was
crucial in establishing positive relationships with the University’s neighbors
and guiding the University in the recent proposed purchase of the local Alexander
Wilson Elementary School.
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. Since her days at Penn, she has also held
senior academic responsibilities for the University System of Maryland, SUNY
Cortland, and Rowan University.
Chairman Samson will step into the role of
interim president while the University formalizes a transition plan.
At University of the Sciences, students embark on a challenging learning experience in a
proving ground for successful professionals in the science and
healthcare-related fields. A private institution dedicated to education,
research, and service, and
distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has
produced leaders in the science and healthcare marketplaces since its founding
in 1821. Students in USciences’ four colleges learn to excel in
scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving healthcare in the
lives of people worldwide through such disciplines as pharmacy, biology,
physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy.