Having just been reappointed to another five-year term, I’ve been looking back over my last 10 years as Dean and can’t help but feel overwhelmed with pride in the College of Arts and Sciences community. Since 2003, our student body has grown from 1345 undergrads to over 3000; we've expanded from 180 full-time faculty to 297; research funding has increased a remarkable 197%; we’ve added seven new majors, four online degrees, and created a new department; and we’ve renovated old spaces while building impressive—LEED certified—new ones.
I love the energy of the city—after 10 years, it’s safe to say I’m hooked on it. But I grew up in a quieter space, a greener space. I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire with black water rivers and rope swings and endless dirt roads. There’s something about returning home, returning to family and to the humbling White Mountains, that brings me back to myself in a way nothing else can. Even after an eight-hour, solitary drive…I am renewed.
Ask magazine is published annually by the communications team in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences.