After six months of retirement from Drexel University, Kathleen Cooper came back to work to support the ELAM program on a part-time basis. Kathleen retired from Drexel University as assistant to the provost in January 2008 after 22 years of service to Drexel University, Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University (MCPHU). Before coming to Drexel University, she worked for the Medical College of Pennsylvania as assistant to the associate dean and chief of staff in the Office of Medical Education on the Henry Avenue Campus, the Queen Lane Campus and the Center City Campus.
In 1998, when Drexel assumed the management of MCPHU, Kathleen became the chief of staff for the vice president for research for the Drexel Campus and MCP Hahnemann Campus. Shortly after that, she moved to the Office of the Provost. During her time in the Office of the Provost she worked for three provosts.
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ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa. The Institute continues the legacy of advancing women in medicine that began in 1850 with the founding of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the nation's first women's medical school and a predecessor of today's Drexel University College of Medicine.