John Fry

Drexel University President's Blog

Spirit of Ambition

Might consider this an early Valentine to Philadelphia, and to the impatient spirit of ambition that the Drexel community shares with its hometown.  Excellent work by my colleagues in the division of Enrollment Management and Student Success marketing and communications office. ambitioncantwait

Honoring Veterans and Celebrating 100 Years of ROTC at Drexel

Veterans Day is a special time at Drexel as we honor the more than 40 million women and men who served in the United States Armed Forces, and celebrate the extraordinary role our military has played to keep the nation free and safe.

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Leadership is Key to Training Great Health-Care Practitioners

After eight successful years at the helm of the Drexel University College of Medicine, Dr. Daniel V. Schidlow will step down as dean on June 30, 2019. That presents a special challenge, as we initiate the search for a successor.

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Putting University’s Academic and Research Strengths to Work

For nearly a century, Drexel has demonstrated through its co-op program the effectiveness of learning by leaving the classroom for the workplace to gain real-world experience and insight. Today, we are enhancing our corporate relationships by putting the University’s academic and research strengths to work here on campus to develop solutions that business partners can utilize in their fields.

The LeBow College of Business has been the center of activity in this area, working with a range of industry partners; notable among them, SEI, which last year turned to LeBow’s Behavioral Science Lab for a study on how consumers react to the financial services firm’s website. Now, we plan to build out this approach across the University — and, in doing so, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Drexel Business Solutions Institute.

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First-years Take Their Places

It’s great to see the campus corridors thronged with a full complement of students this week, following the typically quiet days of summer session. And I have a sense that this new class of first-year students will be making itself heard in many other ways as these undergraduates proceed along their educational journey. They’re certainly starting from a position of strength — as our most talented, and largest, class ever enrolled.

Wawa Comes to Drexel

It was big news when Shake Shack opened on the Drexel campus in 2013. But we may have outdone ourselves with today’s opening of the largest Wawa in Philadelphia. This is a wonderful addition to our campus.

Amazing Restoration at Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences

The restoration of the beloved dioramas at Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences is a must see. Congrats and thank you to Jennifer Sontchi, the Academy’s senior director of exhibits and public spaces, and everyone else who worked so hard on this venerable exhibit, which is part of the fabric for so many in Philadelphia.

Making a difference

Drexel has many students destined to make a difference in the world. Gabby Frost, a junior music industry major, is already making an impact by promoting mental health awareness and suicide prevention through the nonprofit she founded called the Buddy Project. This is important work surrounding a difficult issue confronting many students and adults. We at Drexel are proud of Gabby’s work.

The 9/11 Anniversary and the Power of Memory

For the generation of Americans who lived through World War II, each anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor brought back vivid and, no doubt, raw memories. But it was through their observance of the day that succeeding generations have understood its significance. As we note another year’s passing since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, it is worth reflecting upon how future generations will come to appreciate an event that most Americans living today witnessed — one that demanded so much bravery, resilience and healing. Continue reading

Drexel Moves Up In Rankings

Drexel University jumped 10 places to 74th on the list of 968 colleges and universities in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings. Even better, when you take out public universities and private liberal arts colleges, our ranking among private universities was 36th.

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