On July 1, 1969, Thomas Jefferson University came into being, a reimagining of the original Jefferson Medical College.
At the time, James M. Large, chair of the Board of Trustees, said, “The reason for Jefferson’s founding was, basically, just one: because it was needed. Thomas Jefferson University came into existence for the same reason as its forebearer: because it is needed.”
Jefferson’s strength has always been in identifying a challenge or need and then dreaming up a brand-new way of solving it—and working with the people who can make that dream a reality.
Our current president, Dr. Stephen Klasko, says we need to imagine what will be obvious in 10 years and do it now.
Today, that can-do optimism and drive to design the future is more important than ever.
The business of healthcare is a mess. Higher education is teetering atop shifting tectonic plates, as jobs evolve at the speed of light and as other universities—trapped in siloed, conventional thinking—struggle to prepare students for the future.
But now, with the support of the entire Jefferson community—patients, students, trustees, alumni, benefactors, friends, faculty, staff, and volunteers—we are ready to launch a campaign that will reverse those trends and dramatically amplify Jefferson’s impact on the world.
Reimagine: The Campaign for Jefferson is a $1 billion initiative to propel our university and health system forward. Not in small, incremental steps, but in bold leaps.
We’ll make Jefferson a magnet for global thought leaders by establishing an Institute for Advanced Study. We’ll propel research forward in fields where we can be a national leader, such as computational medicine, nerve-cell communication, smart textiles, and mitochondrial pathogenesis. We’ll expand Medicine+ and other “+” programs, bringing fresh perspectives—through cultivation of cross-cutting ways of thinking and complementary degrees—to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future. And we’ll grow the ranks of tomorrow’s “Reimagineers” by endowing 100 scholarships and fellowships, positioning them to think, innovate, and create change.
The Reimagine campaign will conclude during Jefferson’s bicentennial in 2024, with a celebration on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday on April 13.
How can you help? It’s right there in the Reimagine logo. Follow the lines. We want you to say, “I’m in.” We want everyone—especially you—to join in by volunteering, being an ambassador, learning more, making a gift, going to an event, writing thank-you notes, and believing in us. We can do this, if we do it together.
We’re launching this campaign for the most Jefferson of all reasons: because it is needed. With your help, we’ll leave Old Jeff a better institution for those who come after us. And we’ll leave the world a better, reimagined, place.
I’m in. Are you?
Elizabeth A. Dale, EdD, MPA
Executive Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer
Office of Institutional Advancement
Please contact me if you’d like to learn more about the doors you can open and lives you can change. I’d love to hear from you.