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Robert L. Barchi, MD, PhD, to Step Down as President of Thomas Jefferson University


Philadelphia, PA  — Robert L. Barchi, MD, PhD announced his decision to step down as President of Thomas Jefferson University at the end of his current term in June 2012, after completing eight years in office. Following a year-long sabbatical, Barchi will return to his academic pursuits as a full-time member of the Jefferson faculty in September 2013.

Chairman of the board of trustees, David R. Binswanger, said, "Bob Barchi has been a dynamic leader, and the Jefferson community and campus has greatly benefited from his extraordinary energy and vision. His gifts as a CEO and academician will be missed, but I am delighted that he will remain part of our faculty."

In a letter to university faculty and staff, Barchi stated, "It has been a true privilege to work with all the members of this remarkable campus community. In the 40 years of my academic career, I have not seen another institution with a deeper sense of family and collegiality. I have greatly valued and appreciated my relationship with the university community here at Jefferson over the past seven years, and look forward to continuing that interaction during the final year of my presidency."

Since his arrival in September 2004, Barchi has overseen a period of tremendous growth for Thomas Jefferson University. He designed and implemented an ambitious strategic plan that integrated the university's clinical, research and education missions. Two new schools, the Jefferson School of Pharmacy and Jefferson School of Population Health, were established, and overall student enrollment increased 51 percent. The Kimmel Cancer Center leapt 20 places in national rankings, Jefferson's clinical oncology programs have been greatly expanded, and major initiatives were undertaken in neuroscience and computational biology.

The 12-acre center city campus has been transformed with the construction of the Dorrance H. Hamilton Building, the campus green known as Sidney and Ethal Lubert Plaza, and campus-wide landscaping and way finding. A second new academic building at 901 Walnut Street is set to open in January. And despite the recent economic downturn, Thomas Jefferson University is on track to surpass $300 million in fundraising during Barchi's presidency, twice the amount raised during the preceding eight-year period.

Prior to becoming president of Thomas Jefferson University, Barchi served as provost of the University of Pennsylvania, with oversight of Penn's 12 schools, its faculty, students and academic programs. He received his BS and MS degrees from Georgetown University, and PhD and MD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout his career, Barchi has been active as a clinical neurologist and as researcher in the fields of neuroscience and neurology. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.

The search for a new president will begin in September.

For more information, contact: Jacqueline Kozloski, Director, Public Relations; Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals, 211 South Ninth Street, Suite 310; Philadelphia, PA 19107 

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