New Leadership Announced for College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts

Michael Dryer, a long-time leader in health-care education, has been named executive dean of Philadelphia University’s College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, effective July 1, 2015.

Barbara Kimmelman, a professor of history who previously was associate dean of the College, has been named academic dean for arts and science, also effective July 1.

Dryer previously worked at Arcadia University, where he served as associate dean for strategic initiatives in the College of Health Sciences, as chair of the Department of Medical Science and Community Health, and as interim dean of the School of Continuing Studies. At Arcadia, he led programs in physician assistant studies, public health and health education, and led the development of the University’s Delaware campus, several strategic partnerships and a wide array of global initiatives for health students. Previously, Dryer worked in health-care administration as vice president for professional and ambulatory services at Union Hospital in Maryland and as a clinician.

Dryer holds a Doctor of Public Health from The George Washington University, a Master of Public Health from New York Medical College, a Bachelor of Science in physician assistant studies from The George Washington University, a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a graduate residency certificate in emergency medicine from the University of Iowa.

Dryer succeeds Matt Dane Baker, who was named provost of Philadelphia University, effective June 1.

Kimmelman, a faculty member and campus leader for more than 25 years, has expertise in the history of science and has been a long-time freshman academic advisor. She has served as secretary of the faculty, chaired a number of faculty committees and has played a role in recruitment, retention and new program development initiatives. Kimmelman received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award at PhilaU’s 2008 Commencement ceremony.

Kimmelman received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

The College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, with a focus on integrative thinking, interdisciplinary and collaborative work and a global perspective, offers 10 undergraduate majors, six master’s programs and a post-professional doctoral degree in occupational therapy. For more information on the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, go to


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