From the President

Dr. Paul Katz
Dr. Paul Katz

Dear Alumni and Friends,

One thing that is abundantly clear to leadership of any institution of higher education is that we all must continually adapt our structures and programming to meet the needs of current and future students. In particular at USciences, this change is necessary in order to grow our enrollment, diversify our offerings and revenue sources, and maintain the high quality of our academic programs.

As we emerged from our Program Review process in June 2017, it became quite clear that evaluation of our college structure would be one of the University’s strategic initiatives and a priority task for 2017–18.

Using the findings from various advisory groups and reports, a proposal for academic restructuring was unanimously endorsed by our board of trustees at their February 15, 2018, meeting. It will take effect as of July 1, 2018, for the 2018–2019 academic year.

The most difficult decision in this restructuring has been the dissolution of Mayes College, which is marking its 10th anniversary this year. Since its founding, Mayes College has developed educational programs, scholarly activity, and numerous partnerships all focused on preparing students and professionals to practice successfully in an increasingly complex and dynamic healthcare environment. However, its small scale has been an impediment to enrollment growth, which we believe can be aided by positioning its programs in the other colleges. I am very grateful for Mayes College dean Andrew Peterson’s leadership and collegiality throughout this process, and I am happy that he will be retaining a leadership role at the University as the executive director of the Substance Use Disorder Institute.

The programs in Mayes College will be distributed to the remaining three colleges. You can learn more about the moves on our website at usciences.edu.

As a University, we are thankful for the support and dedication of our Mayes alumni. You are and always will be graduates of Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy but, most importantly, alumni of University of the Sciences.

I am confident this restructuring is a step in the right direction as we pursue our vision for the future—a higher education institution of choice for the sciences and health professions, featuring high quality, innovative, and flexible programs for a diverse student body.

Sincerely,

Paul Katz, MD
President

As Seen in The Bulletin, Vol. 104 No. 3

As Seen in The Bulletin

Vol. 104 No. 3