To the applause of the University of the Sciences community, benefactors Kate P'76, PharmD'78 and Jim Mayes were recognized for their $2 million commitment to the University’s Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy
at a special celebration on Thursday, May 8. During the event, students, faculty, and alumni of Mayes College shared personal stories about how the unwavering support of the Mayes family has positively impacted their educations and careers.
“It is an amazing opportunity to know that the students of Mayes College – who are our future business, policy and healthcare leaders – are doing what they love, as well as making a difference in their respective industries,” said Kate. “My husband and I receive so much more from this institution than what we give, and we are forever grateful for that.”
The funds have been earmarked to further support student endeavors, as well as faculty research and development. In addition, the monies will also provide programmatic support, including lectures, conferences, and symposia, that provide direct access for students and faculty to the myriad of thought leaders and professionals in the healthcare industry.
University president Helen Giles-Gee, PhD, said that the Mayes’ generous contribution will help enable Mayes College to continue to recruit and retain high-quality students and faculty, which ultimately enriches the entire University.
“It is one thing to support something financially, but Kate has given her time and energy to so many things for the betterment of this University, and I can’t express my appreciation enough,” said Marvin Samson HonAlm’96, chairman of the board of trustees.
During the celebration, a current student and faculty member as well as an alumnus all spoke to how Mayes College has impacted their studies, research, and lives. Stepping to the podium were a current student Andrew Armitage MBA’14, who has since graduated; associate professor of health policy and public health Amy Jessop, PhD, MPH; and alumnus Doug Taylor BW'11.
Founded in September 2007, Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy provides education in specialized fields such as biomedical writing
, pharmaceutical and healthcare business
, health policy
, and public health
, and provides students with hands-on learning experiences, internships, and personal connections. Mayes College was dedicated in honor of Kate, an alumna who is currently serving as vice chair on the University’s board of trustees. Kate was the founder and former president of Applied Clinical Communications, Inc., of Parsippany, N.J., while Jim was the company’s treasurer before it was sold in 2000.