Jefferson Innovator Magazine
Time Machine

We are the Rams

Phil the Ram is more than a mascot. He is a thread in the rich tapestry of our university’s history, weaving together the legacies of Philadelphia Textile School, Philadelphia University, and Thomas Jefferson University. As Jefferson celebrates its bicentennial, we reflect on how we became the Rams.


David E. Ronner

Jefferson’s legacy in textile education started in 1884 with the Philadelphia Textile School, now evolved into a leading Engineering Program. David E. Ronner ’77 exemplifies this legacy, leveraging his education to lead ICF Mercantile and foster a team of Jefferson graduates driving innovation in technical textiles.


Addressing the Substance Abuse Crisis in Philadelphia

Philadelphia faces an escalating addiction crisis with fragmented healthcare and the emergence of substances like xylazine, highlighting the need for integrated solutions such as Jefferson Health's JAMS and Bridge Program to support recovery and address systemic barriers.

Be Kind

Alum Promotes Compassion and Service to Humanity

Bryant Greene, MBA ’96, says he lives his life based on the advice of his great-grandmother: “You never know who’s going to give you your last cup of water, so you’ve got to be kind.”

More From This Issue


Harnessing the Qualities That Create Healthcare Heroes

Jefferson College of Nursing supports former military personnel through initiatives like the Service Scholars Program, bridging financial gaps and providing crucial support for their transition into civilian life.


SKMC Med Talk Considering Additional Degrees

Sidney Kimmel Medical College students and young alumni were invited to join an interactive webinar to explore diverse career paths through additional degrees alongside distinguished alumni and faculty.

William A. Finn ’67 smiling

Our History

Jefferson’s 200-year history includes intrigue and innovation that started with $550 and a bold idea that would forever change medical education around the world. From medical pioneers and many medical firsts to productive mergers, Jefferson Medical College — now Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University — continues to build on that history, boldly shaping the future of medicine and education.

Brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon among a crowd of students cheering

Alumni Impact

Endowed positions are among the highest honors faculty receive, an acknowledgement of the esteem in which the institution and academic peers hold them. Jefferson currently has 119 endowed positions. An investiture ceremony officially bestows the named position, honoring the recipient as well as the benefactor whose generosity makes the appointment possible.

Launching a New Era of Medicine

Jefferson Health’s Honickman Center

On March 13, 2024, after four years of construction, the Honickman Center, Jefferson Health’s new flagship medical facility in Center City Philadelphia, made its debut.

From the Nexus

Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Patient

National Cancer Institute Designates Jefferson's Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center as a Comprehensive Cancer Center

Jefferson announced that its Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) has earned a National Cancer Institute (NCI) "Comprehensive" Cancer Center designation, the highest recognition awarded by the NCI.

Ram Roundup

Two photos side by side: one, a portrait of Sarah Doelp ’19; the other, Sarah Dolep with her teammates and coaches in a group photo of the women’s rowing team, wearing their rowing uniforms and medals

Tom Shirley Steps Down As Athletic Director

Tom Shirley, the assistant vice president for athletics at Thomas Jefferson University, will be stepping down as athletic director in August. However, he will remain on as head coach of the Rams women’s basketball team.

Class Notes

Our Leadership

Two photos side by side: one, a portrait of Joe Cacchione; the other, a portrait of Susan Aldridge

A Message from the President

A letter to alumni from President Susan Aldridge, PhD.

 Susan Aldridge giving a high five to a student on campus

Susan C. Aldridge, PHD Appointed President of Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. Susan Aldridge's leadership emphasizes student engagement, industry relevance, and global perspectives, underscoring Jefferson's commitment to educational excellence.