Daley Delivers Annual State of the School Address

HMS dean outlines School's achievements, investments, finances

Photo of Daley at podium in Martin amphitheater during speech.
HMS Dean George Q. Daley speaks to in-person and online audience members during the State of the School address on Sept. 28. Image: Steve Lipofsky

In his first in-person State of the School address since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Harvard Medical School Dean George Q. Daley told a crowd of faculty, students, postdocs, and staff assembled in the Joseph B. Martin Amphitheater and online that the School has weathered the worldwide health crisis, is on a strong financial footing, and has been able to continue making substantial investments in HMS biomedical research and education initiatives despite challenges wrought by the pandemic.

“Every day I wake up imagining how I can mobilize people, invest resources, and build infrastructure to make your science more successful, and our collective impact greater,” Daley said in his annual speech to the HMS community on Sept. 28, adding that despite the crisis, the School has been able to secure its financial health.

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“I’m happy to tell you that despite all the pandemic challenges, and more than a decade of recurring budget deficits which threatened to weaken our prospects, this year HMS has balanced its books and is more financially stable than at any time in recent history,” Daley said.

He added that HMS reduced budget shortfalls throughout the pandemic, with the exception of the first year, and has now broken even for the first time since 2009 — a goal achieved ahead of schedule.