The New Castle County Chamber of Commerce recently honored College of Health Sciences Dean Kathleen S. Matt with its 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award during its 98th-annual dinner.
The event, initially scheduled for March, was held virtually on July 22 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dean Matt was recognized for her tireless work in developing the University of Delaware Science, Technology and Advanced Research Campus, where the Health Sciences Complex and the Tower at STAR anchor a growing research campus.
In a recorded message, Gov. John Carney acknowledged the depth of Matt’s contributions to advance the healthcare workforce in Delaware and develop the STAR Campus as a hub of innovation. “There can’t be a more appropriate recipient during this difficult time in our state,” Carney said.
Dave Brond, vice president of strategy and planning for Aloysius Butler & Clark, introduced Matt and noted the tremendous growth that has occurred in the College of Health Sciences since she joined as dean in 2009.
Research expenditures have grown 300 percent in the past seven years, with the addition of 15 patents and 53 active research awards. Her vision also is driving economic growth, Brond said, witnessed by the investment of $500 million in business and infrastructure on the campus while also educating nearly 3,2000 undergraduate and graduate students.
“How is she doing this? By recruiting and retaining star faculty and staff, by partnering with organizations like Delle Donne Associates and Bancroft Construction to build out the Science, Technology and Advanced Research campus and by never wavering from her vision,” Brond added. “While many UD administrators, faculty and the board saw the potential of this site for the county, state and university, Kathy saw the possibilities and made it possible. Just look at it today. “
In accepting her award, Matt credited the power of partnership.
“When you work together as a team, you can accomplish absolutely anything,” said Matt, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UD. “Together, we have created a place and a space where our faculty, staff, our students and our community can work together and explore, engage, experience and excel. We can create the future of healthcare here in Delaware.”
The intentional design of the buildings and the programs inside helps bring the community together, she added. That creates a unique opportunity for UD to translate the tremendous work being done across the campus to improve the health and wellbeing of all Delawareans.
“The STAR Campus is about inspiration leading to innovation resulting in impact that changes people’s lives,” Matt said. “It’s been the opportunity of a lifetime to engage in this work with a community that means so much to me and so much to my family.”