John Fry

Drexel University President's Blog

Kudos, Mayor Kenney

I applaud Mayor Kenney for his ambitious workforce strategy designed to tackle the skills gap in Philadelphia. The mayor detailed his plan during the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s annual luncheon Tuesday.

Gov. Wolf proposed a similar $50 million workforce development effort as well in his budget address on Tuesday. Both initiatives are needed to work with the business community to ensure all workers have the skills needed to realize their full potential.

As I said during my introduction of the mayor at the Chamber luncheon: “We can’t be successful as a city if we don’t maximize all our talent.”

Congratulations, Philadelphia Eagles!

On behalf of more than 24,000 Drexel students, I want to congratulate the Philadelphia Eagles for winning Super Bowl LII.

What an amazing game. … Thanks to Jeff Lurie, a long-time friend of Drexel. … And thanks to the rest of the Eagles team for making this city proud.

A liberal arts education still has lots of value

What do billionaires Carl Ichan, George Soros and financier Bill Miller have in common besides their outsized wealth?

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The Future of Cities

Jeremy Nowak, a distinguished visiting fellow at Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, and Bruce Katz, the Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution, have co-authored a new book titled, “The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism.”

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Philadelphia on Amazon’s list

Amazon narrowed the list of cities where it plans to locate its second headquarters from 238 to 20. As I told the Philadelphia Business Journal, I am thrilled but not surprised.

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Year in Review: 2017 President’s Report

The pride we share in Drexel University is built upon progress made in so many areas of University life, and it’s detailed for the last year in my latest President’s Report. As you review it, I hope you will see how we’re focused on creating an exciting future – whether it’s training next-generation educators for urban classrooms, learning entrepreneurial skills by actually running businesses, conducting life-saving research, making medical breakthroughs, or improving our community through civic engagement.

Honor MLK Through Civility and Acceptance

In a message to the Drexel University community on Martin Luther King Day, I reminded everyone that a university is a place where everyone is given the opportunity to achieve their full potential, regardless of background and without distinction to culture, ethnicity or national origin.

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Universities and other anchor institutions fuel growth

As the federal government reduces aid to local governments, many cities and towns are left to fend for themselves. Fortunately, universities and other anchor institutions are filling the void in their surrounding communities, as detailed in an op-ed I wrote that was published by Inside Sources,  The Scranton Times and Charleston Gazette-Mail.

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Transportation will accelerate Philadelphia’s progress as a global city

Top-tier global cities have world-class transportation networks. That is why the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s CEO Council for Growth has made transportation a top priority, as I detailed in this piece for the Chamber’s newsletter.

The Value of Higher Education

There is a bipartisan effort in Washington, D.C. to require colleges and universities to disclose comprehensive data about students’ earnings once they graduate. This is a worthy idea, given the sizeable investment students and/or parents make when it comes to higher education.

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