Webster defines trust as assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something or one in which confidence is placed. It’s something we all strive for in relationships with our patients, colleagues, friends and loved ones. Trust is something that is earned through honesty, deeds and commitment over time. It is also something that can quickly be diminished with a dishonest act or misdeed of some type.
As talks of a strategic alliance with the University of the Sciences progress, possibly towards an eventual merger, there appears to be many on our staff and extended alumni family who do not trust those of us in leadership positions to make the right decision for the University. Our Board of Trustees has always looked out for the best interest of the University and, compared to other University boards that I’ve had the opportunity to observe, is head and shoulders above them in terms of dedication, participation, knowledge of the University and stewardship. As an alumnus myself, I feel a special obligation to ensure that the quality, innovative spirit and long-term legacy of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry as well as our other programs benefit from any partnership we might develop. This is first and foremost in our minds.
I want our faculty, staff, students and alumni to know and understand your Salus leadership team is absolutely committed to moving forward with our research and due diligence discussions with the University of the Sciences. We envision great opportunities for both institutions if we can work together, but we’re not going to “pull the trigger” on any deal if it will not benefit Salus. You have my firm commitment that we will not jeopardize the University’s marquee and legacy programs. I believe our colleagues at USciences feel the same way.
So, as we move forward with our discussions, please trust us to remain transparent in our work, to keep you informed and to make the right decisions when the time comes. As we move forward I hope that you will provide honest feedback as we progress.