Drexel University’s merger with Salus gets approval as president prepares for a likely exit

Drexel University’s proposed merger with Salus University, a small, private health sciences university based in Elkins Park, has been approved by the institutions’ accrediting agency, Drexel’s president said Monday.

“As of July 1, Salus academic units — with the exception of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, which will remain a standalone college — will begin the transition process to fully merge into Drexel’s colleges by next summer,” John Fry wrote in a message to both campus communities, announcing the decision by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

With the move, 1,187 Salus students, 362 faculty and professional staff, and more than 14,000 alumni will become part of Drexel, Fry said.

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