John Fry

Drexel University President's Blog

Month: August 2018

Doing Good, Feeling Good

Next week, it will be my honor to welcome Vanguard employees to the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, where they will be deployed for the firm’s annual volunteer event. We’re so pleased to have their help for the day, and it only strengthens our ties to Vanguard — whose mid-career employees already participate in our customized MBA program at the Bennett S. LeBow College of Business.

I’ll be talking about the importance of that partnership, and others, in my greeting to the Vanguard volunteers. And I also plan to remind them about the unique benefits of volunteering — like the fact that it’s good for you.

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Dragons (Drexel alums) and Dinosaurs

One of the best events we hold at Drexel isn’t usually on campus: our Drexel InSites evenings in which we invite alumni and others to learn about the work and the ever-evolving mission of their alma mater.  We move them around, anywhere from New York to San Francisco. Tomorrow, Wed., Aug. 22, is another of these special sessions, and it happens to be close to home. We’re gathering at 6 p.m. at the Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University, and we’ll hear from our new president and CEO Scott Cooper. He has a world of experience from work in museums … all over the world.


Online Learning in Our Future

At our fifth annual assessment conference in September, it will be my honor to moderate a discussion with several of my colleagues from area colleges and universities. One topic certain to arise: the role of distance learning in higher education as the number of traditional students (graduating high school seniors) ebbs and flows. Here’s a look at how Drexel is guiding its efforts in this area, and I look forward to hearing other perspectives.

Focus on the Achievements and Potential of Women in Medicine

The insights from research coming out of our College of Medicine, as well as Harvard, bolster the need to focus on the achievements and the potential of women in medicine – something we’ve been doing for more than two decades through our Executive Leadership in Medicine.

What’s Your Civic Pathway?

Talking about my dream for Drexel to become the most civically engaged university in the nation before a campus/community seminar recently: Fascinating to hear the perspective of our Mandela Fellows on this pivotal issue.

Honoring ROTC Leader’s Service

I was reminded how much words matter by one of the speakers at the recent retirement ceremony for Lt. Col. Lawrence Camacho, whose 21-year career has seen the development of so many fine military leaders. At the ceremony, Lt. Col. Stephen Messenger, who will take over for Lt. Col. Camacho as the chair of the Military Science department at Drexel, recalled how Lt. Col. Camacho uttered  “80 words that would change his life — the oath of office.” Congratulations to Lt. Col. Camacho.

Remembering Gerry Lenfest

Honored to have been able to recognize this great Philadelphian in 2015. His support for cooperative learning for students in the nonprofit cultural sector will be life-changing for Drexel students for years to come.

Up, up and Away for Drexel Alum Ferguson

Beaming with Drexel pride over alum Chris Ferguson’s selection as commander of the first launch of astronauts from U.S. soil since the shuttle program ended.

Drexel Sets Sights on ‘Inclusive City,’ Honoring Inspiration of Jeremy Nowak

We gathered Friday to celebrate the life and memory of our Drexel colleague and friend Jeremy Nowak, who was a distinguished visiting fellow at Drexel’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. Jeremy’s sudden passing last month left a void in so many ways, but, at least at Drexel, we hope to carry on his important work.

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