Fry positions Drexel as community change agent

By Sandy Smith
Special to the Weekly Press/UC Review
John Fry, the president of Drexel University, is a man in a hurry. When he speaks, the words flow in torrents. But he is aware that he has embarked on a project that will outlast his tenure at the helm of Drexel.

Not to worry, though – he has had practice doing this. For what he is taking on as president at Drexel is the same challenge he tackled as executive vice president at Penn: Harnessing the resources of a great university to transform and strengthen its home community, and strengthen itself in the process.So: Can John Fry make lightning strike twice?

“I don’t think it’s really lightning striking twice,” he said. “It’s more like the concerted effort of hundreds of people working over time. What I did [at Penn] was recognize that talent and galvanize it to perform.”

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