John Fry

Drexel University President's Blog

Month: January 2018

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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