Distinguished Friend of the College of Arts and Sciences
Edward G. Rendell
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Edward G. Rendell, Pennsylvania’s 45th Governor, began a second term of office on January 16, 2007, following a landslide re-election victory. His unprecedented strategic investments have energized Pennsylvania’s economy, revitalized communities, improved education, protected the environment and expanded access to health care to all children and affordable prescription drugs for older adults.
Governor Rendell is in many ways responsible for the amazing growth of the College of Arts and Sciences. When Allegheny University declared bankruptcy in 1998, it was Governor Rendell, then Mayor, who shared President Constantine Papadakis’ vision of merging Drexel University with MCP Hahnemann University, also encouraging the economic growth of the area. It was his support that won the confidence of undecided Drexel trustees, and persuaded them to support the merger.
More recently, Governor Rendell has provided financial support, making available $10 million to Drexel University for the Constantine Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building through the Commonwealth’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.
Over the course of more than ten years, Governor Rendell has continually supported the development of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences in both principle and in action, and for that reason, we are pleased to honor him today.