John Fry

Drexel University President's Blog

Category: Speeches

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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Upping Our Game

After an intense year, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia has stepped up its efforts to bolster the region’s economic strength and enhance its competitive advantage. I detailed some of the efforts – including our pitch to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to Philadelphia – in a speech at the Chamber’s annual meeting on Tuesday.


Crossroads to the world

One my favorite times of year is Convocation, when we welcome everyone back to campus. In addition to many new developments on campus, this year’s speech underscored Drexel’s efforts to connect students to the world locally and globally. Continue reading

Engage with the world in the best Drexel tradition

What a milestone year the graduating class of 2017 experienced, with the celebration of Drexel’s 125th anniversary. Here are the thoughts shared with them at our second University-wide Commencement at Citizens Bank Park. Continue reading

Navy Yard as inspiration for innovation Philadelphia

Highlighting the success of the Navy Yard development and the inspiration it provides other business initiatives to make Philadelphia a top-tier metro area. Continue reading

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