Ira Taffer, PhD, is the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs within the Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences. His contributions to this role are extensive, comprising a range of faculty personnel matters, including hiring and recruitment; mentoring untenured faculty; and leadership development. Currently, he is also co-interim head of the Biology Department as they transition to permanent leadership. Over the years, Dr. Taffer has held a variety of roles including as a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory board for more than 25 years. In 2011, he served as interim head of the Chemistry Department and later as interim head of the English & Philosophy Department.
Dr. Taffer is a proud two-time alumnus of Drexel University; he received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 1979 and earned his doctoral degree in organic chemistry in 1983. After graduating, he became the co-founder of BIOMOL International, a global supplier of innovative signal transduction reagents used by the life science research market. In 2008 the business was acquired by Enzo Life Sciences.
While leading BIOMOL International, Dr. Taffer joined the Drexel University Alumni Association as an elected director where he served for 13 years. During that time, he chaired several committees culminating in his selection as the Alumni Association’s chairperson from 2011-2013. As chairperson, Dr. Taffer became a member of the Drexel University Board of Trustees. His service with the University leadership continues as governor emeritus on the Drexel University Alumni Association Board of Governors.