John Fry

Drexel University President's Blog

Category: Inclusion

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.

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.”

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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Inclusion And Economic Growth Go Hand In Hand At Drexel

I was honored to speak at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Policy Forum last week, and introduce our former mayor, Michael Nutter, and Dennis Lower of Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis. I was asked to speak about inclusion and economic growth, which we at Drexel see as two sides of the same coin. You can read the full speech here.

University City District at 20: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

The University City District was founded 20 years ago under the basic principle of clean and safe streets. But today’s UCD now offers so much more, far surpassing its motto of “Changing places, changing lives.”

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