John Fry

Drexel University President's Blog

Behind Patent Ranking Increase

Proud as we are about an 18-place jump in Drexel’s ranking on the world’s top 100 patent list, it’s just as important to remember that these unique concepts are behind such life-changing inventions as the iBreastExam, a handheld device to detect tumors without radiation. And, fundamentally, isn’t that why we foster research and innovation — to improve the human condition?

At Commencement, a question for our graduates

In my address to Drexel’s Class of 2018 Friday evening at Citizens Bank Park — our third university-wide Commencement celebration at the ballpark — I’m going to challenge them by asking one question. It’s a question that I’ve asked myself periodically over the last quarter-century.  I hope you’ll check back here, or on my website, for more details after the conclusion of my remarks.

Wanted: More girls in STEM careers

Such a pleasure to work with Tracey Welson-Rossman on this op-ed. Thank you to The Philadelphia Inquirer for publishing this piece on such an important topic.

Fraternity hazing bill is a good step

Thank you to The Philadelphia Inquirer for publishing my op-ed on Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman’s  (R., State College) fraternity hazing bill.

The new Dean of our College of Engineering

Welcome Sharon L. Walker as the next dean of our College of Engineering. Read the full message from myself and Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost M. Brian Blake here as well coverage in The Philadelphia Inquirer and Technically Philly.

Mentoring Minority Med School Students

Kudos to Dean Schidlow and Drexel University College of Medicine students Dexter C. Graves and Bisola Egbe for their important efforts to attract and mentor minority medical school students as The Inquirer detailed in this story.

Drexel Supports Students Protesting Gun Violence

The mass shooting at a high school in Florida has sparked a wave of protests against gun violence at secondary and postsecondary schools across the country, including a national walkout planned for March 14 and a march in Washington planned for March 24.

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“Platform of innovation”

The New York Times came to Philadelphia to report on the latest developments surrounding Schuylkill Yards. The story details the $3.5 billion effort with Brandywine Realty Trust to create an innovation hub for technology and life sciences around the Drexel campus.

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