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The University marked the kick-off of its new StudentsFirst initiative with special celebrations at World Café Live on June 1 and 2. Faculty and staff were treated to lunch and a presentation by Joseph Strickland, director of training and organizational effectiveness for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel New York while they learned more about the new leadership development program that will become a permanent part of the Drexel culture. StudentsFirst will be implemented by the Office of Human Resources, led by Senior Associate Vice President Dr. Phyllis Lewis. The program’s goals include creating a culture of leadership, ownership and pride in Drexel; combining the University’s strong academic traditions with entrepreneurial business practices to support a culture of change; and becoming the university and employer of choice. The program will accomplish its mission through University-wide customer-service skills and awareness sessions, an enhanced Drexel Leaders training program, an expanded new employee orientation program and more. Student and employee input are key to the program’s success. StudentsFirst also features a recognition/reward program to honor employees for outstanding service and job performance. StudentsFirst training and awareness will begin next month. Program updates will be included in future issues of Drexelink. For more information on StudentsFirst, email StudentsFirst@drexel.edu, call 215-895-2900 or visit www.drexel.edu/StudentsFirst.
Dr. Richard V. Homan was appointed dean and senior vice president for health affairs for the Drexel University College of Medicine. The announcement was made by President Papadakis. Homan, who was appointed after a national search, will join Drexel on September 1 from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas, where he has been the dean of the School of Medicine since 2001 and vice president for clinical affairs since 2003. At Drexel, Homan will report directly to President Papadakis. Homan joined the Texas Tech faculty in 1989 as assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine. He was named associate professor with tenure in 1993 and professor with tenure in 2001. He also held the positions of Paul and Eva Braddock Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine for the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center’s Lubbock, El Paso, Amarillo and Odessa academic campuses (1994-2001); associate dean for clinical affairs and finance (2001); and dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (2001-03). Homan oversaw comprehensive management of all activities of the Texas Tech School of Medicine across the Lubbock, El Paso, Amarillo and Odessa campuses. He served as chief executive officer of the $250 million operating budget of the School of Medicine and Faculty Practice Plan; chief academic officer of the School of Medicine; board member of the University Medical Center; and board chairman of the 501 3C corporation Texas Tech Physician Associates. Homan received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from Brown University in 1978 and his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1982. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of the Pennsylvania State University from 1982-85 and served as chief resident of Hershey’s Department of Family and Community Medicine from 1984-85.
At its meeting on May 18, the University Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favor of the proposed Drexel College of Law. This vote allows the University to submit an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for provisional approval of the College...