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Message From The Associate Vice Provost

September 5, 2014

A New Chapter for Drexel University Sacramento
Members of the Drexel Community:
It is with great enthusiasm that I begin my tenure as the new Associate Vice Provost of Drexel University Sacramento.  Though I’ve had the pleasure of teaching students in the Master of Science in Higher Education program for the past year, I am thrilled to finally be able to refer to myself as an official Drexel Dragon.
For over 123 years, Drexel University been characterized by its high quality, experiential education.  As a not-for-profit research institution, we are dedicated to bridging the gap between the classroom and the workplace through exposure to real-world experiences and challenges.  And in 2014, we built some pretty remarkable bridges in Sacramento.  The successful debut of our Sacramento co-op program (with partners such as the Sacramento Kings, Sacramento Republic FC, Embassy Suites, and the Northern California World Trade Center) has brought a new understanding of Drexel University’s unique attributes to our region.

The 2014-2015 academic year marks the opening of new age for Drexel University Sacramento, which will build upon the remarkable strides made over the course of the past several years.  Last year brought the arrival of our first cohorts of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science – Pathologist’s Assistant programs, the addition of Career Services, and the launch of our Sacramento-based cooperative education efforts.  As we look ahead to 2014-2015, we will focus on a number of initiatives and efforts that will further strengthen Drexel University Sacramento’s reputation in the Northern California region.  

This year, our city entered a period of massive change and redevelopment, and Drexel University Sacramento intends to follow suit.  We are working with our students, alumni, staff, faculty, and the region’s civic leaders to map out the next chapter for our ever-expanding campus community.  Though I have only been here a few short months, this new chapter is shaping up to be an era of exploration, innovation, and creativity, and I look forward to helping Drexel University Sacramento expand its academic offerings, influence, and regional prominence.

The start of a new academic year also marks some changes in the lives of those who have served Drexel admirably. I want to thank Dr. Sandra Kirschenmann, Drexel University Sacramento’s former Executive Director and Associate Vice Provost, for making the ambitious vision for Drexel University’s Sacramento campus a reality and congratulate her on her well-deserved retirement.

To new members of our community – welcome.  To old friends – welcome back!  Each and every Dragon is a contributor to the legacy and success of our great institution, and I look forward to seeing you on campus as the new academic year unfolds.  

Michael Marion, EdD
Associate Vice Provost