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Announcing New Department Leadership

October 1, 2013

October 1, 2013 — It’s another busy academic year in the College of Arts and Sciences and with it comes some exciting changes in the leadership of our departments: 

Chemistry alumnus Ira Taffer, PhD, has agreed to serve as interim head of the Department of Chemistry. Taffer received his BS and PhD in chemistry from Drexel and went on to co-found BIOMOL Research Laboratories, Inc., in Plymouth Meeting, for which he served as vice president and COO for over twenty years. Most recently, he served as vice president of global sales operations for Enzo Life Sciences International Inc., following four years as vice president of global operations and COO of BIOMOL International LP.

Taffer has been an active and highly valued member of the Drexel community for many years, serving on the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board since 2000 and as an elected member of Drexel’s Alumni Board of Governors since 2004, where he served as chair of numerous committees including the Student Relations Committee. In 2013, he was elected chair of the Alumni Board and member of Drexel’s Board of Trustees. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Entrepreneur Award from Drexel in 2003.

Taffer’s experienced leadership will help to further develop and advance the chemistry department, building on the guidance of former department head, Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner, PhD.