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University of the Sciences President Dr. Helen Giles-Gee Steps Down

By Brian Kirschner

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.

“On 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.

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. 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.

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