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John Fry, a Class B director, was appointed the 14th president of Drexel University in 2010.
Under his leadership, Drexel set a national example for the successful execution of public-private partnerships and became a powerful force for economic development in the Greater Philadelphia region. He has championed major neighborhood revitalization initiatives, including the creation of a multifaceted university extension center in Mantua — the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships — extensive economic development efforts, and significant partnerships to support local neighborhood schools. Prior to this position, he was president of Franklin & Marshall College and executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania.
Fry is currently on the board of the Kresge Foundation, which invests more than $160 million annually to foster economic and social change. He is also on the boards of Tower Health, the Wistar Institute, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, and Lafayette College. He was the founding chairman of the University City District and was chairman of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia for two years. Fry has a master’s degree in business administration from the NYU Stern School of Business and is a graduate of Lafayette College.