Here at Drexel, each fall season brings exciting opportunities and changes. We welcomed a new cohort of bright and talented Arts Administration & Museum Leadership graduate students from around the country and the world, and they continue to impress us with their insights and abilities. We're also preparing to celebrate the upcoming graduation of many of last year's cohort, who will be completing their degrees at the end of the year. We have watched them grow and develop into influential leaders who are armed with the knowledge and skills our field needs to thrive and prosper.
It's also a time for reflection, change, and growth in our faculty team. As many of you know, we recently mourned the loss of our beloved professor and colleague, Dr. Danielle Rice. Her spirit lives on in the students she taught and the impact her work continues to have on the museum field. At the end of December, Dr. Jean Brody, founder and director of our online program in Arts Administration & Museum Leadership, will retire after an impressive career as a leader and pioneer in online learning. With Dr. Brody's upcoming retirement, we welcomed Dr. Laura-Edythe Coleman to serve as the new director for our online program. Laura-Edythe brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to our program as a seasoned instructor, author, and researcher (learn more about her in the article below). Finally, this January we will welcome another new full-time faculty member, Pamela Yau. Pamela has served as an adjunct faculty in our program for several years and is highly valued by our students, who often seek out her courses and her advice. We're thrilled to have her join our team as she begins teaching our courses both on-campus and online.
These changes will continue to keep our program at the forefront of the field, providing our students with the knowledge and networks they need to lead an evolving and rapidly-changing field.
We're excited for the academic year ahead and look forward to staying connected with all of you.