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University of the Sciences has announced changes to the members and officers of the corporation of its board of trustees. Following its meeting on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, Board Chairman Marvin Samson HonAlm’96, HonDSc’16 announced that Kathleen Mayes P’76, PharmD’78 had resigned from the board as a member and vice chair. In addition, Dr. Samson announced that Siobhan Duffy P'84, BW'05 has joined the board as the alumni representative, while University General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer Odessa P. Jackson, Esq, has been voted in as board secretary and Robert M. Rudd, who is the vice president for institutional advancement, as an officer.
“I want to sincerely thank Kate Mayes for her tireless dedication and support for University of the Sciences,” Dr. Samson said. “Kate has served many roles for the University over the years and as a USciences community, we owe her a debt of gratitude. I know that Kate will continue to maintain close ties to her alma mater, and we wish her the best in all her life’s pursuits.”
Dr. Mayes, who made the decision to step down in December 2017, had served on the board since 2004. She started as an alumni representative before being elected to the full board in 2007 and was serving as vice chair since 2012. Most recently, Dr. Mayes stepped in as interim president between July 2015 and September 2016. Dr. Mayes was founder of Applied Clinical Communications, Inc., which provided pharmaceutical consultant services, specializing in medical education. The University honored Dr. Mayes by naming the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy after her in 2007. Among her philanthropic support for the University, Dr. Mayes established the Kathleen Mayes Graduate Fellowship in December 2016 to support graduate students in their pursuit of select master’s degree or certificate programs.
Duffy, who is a risk management and drug safety specialist at Mayne Pharma, became involved with the USciences Alumni Association in 2003. She has served as vice president, president-elect, and president of the Alumni Association. Duffy was the first woman on the USciences cross-country team and later became an assistant cross-country coach during her fifth year. She was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and in 2017, was awarded the Ivor Griffith Service Award at Alumni Reunion.
Jackson joined USciences in September 2017 in a new position that brought legal services in-house at the University. She had served as principal deputy general counsel at Howard University in Washington, DC, for 11 years.
Rudd also came to the University in September 2017 and is responsible for the University’s development, events, and alumni relations. He came to USciences following eight years at University of Delaware.
In addition, Dr. Samson noted the loss of Col. S. Rogers Wetherill, III, P'68, MS, who passed away on Nov. 16, 2017. From 2006 to 2009, Wetherill represented the Alumni Association as a member of the USciences board of trustees and since 2015 was a full member of the board of trustees.
Responsibilities of the University’s board include, but are not limited to, approving the University’s strategic plans and ensuring their consistency with the institution’s mission and goals.