This year, there are two schools with important milestones to celebrate. The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine achieved full, permanent accreditation this spring and the graduation of the first class of doctors. In addition, the School of Engineering was founded, where it had been originally part of the School of Business.
As President Lahey marks his 31st year as president and makes plans to retire next year, he reflected on these recent milestones with deep pride and gratitude to those who contributed to these achievements.
“I couldn’t be happier to sign the 58 medical school degrees last week,” he said of the inaugural graduating class. “It’s an honor that Barbara Netter was present at the first medical school Commencement. Her late husband, Edward, was a dear friend — and they both had a lot to do with the success of the school.”
The Netters made the single largest gift in university history to found the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, named in honor of their first cousin, Frank, an acclaimed medical illustrator known as “the Michelangelo of Medicine.”
In July, we are optimistic the School of Engineering will earn full accreditation — something not possible until the first class graduates this weekend. “Everyone is very optimistic,” he said. “That’s another final piece we’ve been working toward.”