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  • View of rail yard from Drexel Park

    PennDOT Announces $2.5 Million Award for 30th Street Station District Plan

    October 31, 2014
    Department of Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch visited Drexel on Oct. 30 to announce a $2.5 million award from the Commonwealth to support the “Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan.”
  • Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania Jim Cawley and Drexel trustees along with Drexel president John A. Fry

    Drexel’s Innovation Neighborhood Receives $5 Million Grant from Commonwealth

    October 14, 2014
    Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania Jim Cawley visited Drexel University’s campus on Oct. 10 and announced a $5 million Economic Growth Initiative Grant to assist in the development of the University’s Innovation Neighborhood development project.
  • Drexel Opens Perelman Plaza:A Transformed Hub in the Heart of Campus

    October 1, 2014

    Thanks to a $5 million gift from the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Education Foundation, Drexel University transformed the center of its campus along 32nd Street, between Chestnut and Market Streets. The resulting hub, known as the Raymond G. Perelman Plaza, opened to the campus community on Sept. 30. The University marked the occasion with a celebration and dedication ceremony.

  • Dean Roger Dennis, Thomas R. Kline and President John A. Fry (L-R) in Drexel University's Main Building. Photo credit: Ben Knisley.

    Drexel University’s School of Law Receives Unprecedented $50 Million Gift from Thomas R. Kline

    September 17, 2014
    Drexel University’s School of Law will be named the Thomas R. Kline School of Law in honor of a landmark $50 million gift that will transform legal education at Drexel for generations to come, Drexel President John A. Fry announced today. The commitment by Kline, one of the nation’s most respected and influential trial lawyers and a champion of the elevation of trial advocacy training for law students, marks the largest single gift in the University’s history.
  • Looking out the window

    China Trip

    May 28, 2014
    President John Fry and a Drexel University delegation just returned from China, where they joined a tour of the country by The Philadelphia Orchestra and met with leaders to create and strengthen connections with several higher-education institutions there. 
  • Philadelphia Aerial View

    Amtrak, Drexel and Brandywine Select Team to Develop Joint Master Plan

    May 27, 2014

    Amtrak, Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust have selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), in association with Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors to develop a comprehensive joint master plan for the area around Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station.

  • Drexel Main Building

    Finance Update

    May 7, 2014
    Drexel is trying to reduce expenses and increase revenue, but it has little to do with the current state of its finances. Instead, it's about making sure the University improves its competitive position in a changing higher-education landscape.
  • Asha-Le Davis

    Liberty Scholars Celebration

    April 28, 2014

    Since 2010, Drexel has awarded 50 full-ride scholarships each year to students from disadvantaged families in Philadelphia as part of the Liberty Scholars program.

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    Drexel Historic Costume Collection Receives $1 Million Gift from Robert and Penny Fox

    March 26, 2014

    Drexel University’s museum-quality collection of more than 12,000 garments, textiles and accessories has been renamed The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection in recognition of a $1 million commitment from Robert (Hon. ’13) and Penny Fox (Hon.’13). A ribbon-cutting event and reception will take place in early May.

  • Frank Linnehan

    LeBow Dean Announcement

    February 12, 2014
    After serving as interim dean since September 2012, Frank Linnehan has been named the permanent dean of Drexel's LeBow College of Business.
  • Innovative Partnership Brings a Drexel University Education to Montgomery County Community College

    January 14, 2014
    Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) and Drexel University (Drexel) have entered into a bold and innovative partnership that will build a pipeline of qualified graduates for high demand jobs in the region, especially in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and health sciences, among others.
  • Center City Town Hall

    Center City Town Hall

    December 16, 2013
    Too often, President John Fry said last week, Drexel's Center City Campus has been treated as an offshoot, entirely separate from the University City Campus. It's time for that to end, he said.
  • Drexel Ends Fundraising Campaign Early, Surpasses Goal

    December 13, 2013
    Seven months before its scheduled closing date Drexel University President John A. Fry announced the conclusion of the University’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, “Dream It. Do It. Drexel. A Campaign for the Future.” The campaign’s public phase was launched in November 2011 with a goal of reaching $400 million and was expected to conclude in June 2014, but ended early with its goal already exceeded by $55 million.
  • President Fry Speaking

    Faculty Town Hall

    December 4, 2013
    Dollars and cents were a frequent topic of conversation at President John Fry’s town-hall meeting for faculty at the University City Campus this week, and Drexel’s financial numbers paint an optimistic picture, Fry said.
  • Wallace Coulter medallion

    Wallace Coulter Centennial Celebration

    November 25, 2013
    Medical-device inventor Wallace Coulter never married, and he had no children. But he does have heirs, and Drexel is one of them.
  • Drexel and Delaware County Community College Establish Drexel@DCCC

    November 25, 2013
    A new innovative agreement between Delaware County Community College and Drexel University will establish Drexel@DCCC, a program that will allow students from the College to earn a degree from Drexel without ever leaving the College’s campus. Drexel President John A. Fry and College President Jerry Parker signed the agreement on Nov. 22 during a ceremony at Delaware County Community College’s Main Campus.
  • Michael Nutter and John Fry

    The Philadelphia of the Future: Fry, Nutter on Drexel's Role in the City's Evolution

    November 18, 2013
    What will Philadelphia look like in 30 years, and what role will Drexel play in its transformation? President John Fry and Mayor Michael Nutter addressed these questions at last week's CityAge gathering at Drexel.
  • Drexel, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Hebew University Launch Research Consortium

    November 11, 2013
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia CEO Steven M. Altschuler, Drexel President John A. Fry and Hebrew University of Jerusalem President Menahem Ben-Sasson signed a research agreement today as part of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s trade mission to Israel. The research partnership is designed to focus on pediatric translational research and to develop a collaborative platform for advancing pediatric medicine from the lab to the bedside.
  • Drexel Breaks Ground for Lancaster Avenue and 34th Street Development

    November 1, 2013
    Drexel University and American Campus Communities celebrated the next major residential and retail milestone in University City with a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday, Nov. 1 for the $170 million, 24-story development on Lancaster Avenue and 34th Street. The development will be the largest project in both Drexel and American Campus history and will feature student housing, retail space and a dining center. American Campus representatives and University trustees joined Drexel President John A. Fry and the Drexel community for the groundbreaking.
  • CityAge

    October 29, 2013

    What will cities look like in the future? Who will live in them? How will people travel between them? These are just some of the questions facing politicians, investors and innovators – people who have the power, motivation and vision to shape their answers. Hundreds of these visionaries and decision-makers will come together at Drexel University’s Behrakis Grand Hall on Nov. 13-14 to continue a dialogue about “the New American City.”

  • President John Fry

    Strategic Plan Town Halls

    October 28, 2013
    President Fry will once again welcome faculty and professional staff to a series of strategic plan town halls billed as “A Conversation on Progress at Drexel.” The events begin next week.
  • Joan McDonald Retiring From Drexel

    October 15, 2013

    President Fry announced that Joan McDonald, senior vice president for enrollment management, will retire at the end of 2013.

  • United States Capitol Building

    How is the Government Shutdown Affecting Drexel?

    October 9, 2013

    The shutdown of the federal government that took effect Oct. 1 is already causing delays for some Drexel researchers, though student financial aid has been largely unaffected.

  • John A. Fry US Squash board chairman

    Fry USSquash Board

    October 9, 2013
    The man who brought the U.S. Open Squash Championships to Drexel University three years ago will now serve as the leader of the sport’s national governing body. The Board of Directors of US Squash announced that it has elected Drexel President John A. Fry to serve as the 45th chairman in the association’s 109-year history.
  • Drexel Announces Launch of New Academic Unit in Hospitality and Sport Management

    October 1, 2013
    Drexel University announced the launch of the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, reporting directly to the provost. Formerly in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies, the freestanding Center will include programs in sport management, hospitality management, culinary arts and food science. It will be headed up by Dr. Jonathan Deutsch, who previously directed Drexel’s hospitality, culinary and food science programs.
  • Drexel Announces New Head of Online Learning

    September 3, 2013

    Drexel University President John A. Fry announced today that Dr. Susan C. Aldridge, a senior fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and former president of the University of Maryland University College, will join Drexel in the new position of senior vice president for Online Learning and president of Drexel e-Learning, effective Oct. 15.

  • Drexel President John Fry Welcomes WorkReady Philadelphia Summer Interns to Campus

    July 15, 2013
    Drexel President John A. Fry will host a breakfast event to welcome more than 60 WorkReady Philadelphia summer interns to the University’s campus. The high school interns will be working in a variety of academic and administrative units across the University.
  • Drexel Launches Ventures Innovation Fund and Technology Incubation Program

    July 1, 2013

    Drexel University is creating a seed funding, incubation and technology transfer enterprise called “Drexel Ventures,” with the goal of spurring technological advancements with real-world applications. The program, which supports Drexel’s strategic priority of fostering economic development in the area, will make it easier for researchers to enter into partnerships with the private sector and translate their work into the marketplace.    

  • Drexel President John Fry Testifies Before House Committee on Amtrak’s NE Corridor

    June 10, 2013
    Drexel President John Fry traveled to New York City on Friday to testify before the chairman and members of the Committee of Transportation of the U.S. House of Representatives on the future of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and the benefits of private involvement in train service along the corridor.
  • Mantua in Action Check Presentation

    Drexel University and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Host $90,000 Check Presentation to Mantua After-School Program

    June 5, 2013
    Drexel University and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation hosted a check presentation celebration on Wednesday, June 5, in honor of the Aberdeen Charitable Foundation’s commitment to provide $90,000 of funding over three years to Mantua in Action, a youth development program for middle-school students in Mantua.
  • Earle Mack School of Law Holds Fifth Commencement Ceremony at the Kimmel Center, May 17

    May 8, 2013
    The Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University will celebrate the Class of 2013 at its fifth commencement ceremony, which will take place at the Kimmel Center on May 17.
  • Drexel Gallery Receives Gift from William B. Dietrich Foundation For Much Needed Renovations

    April 16, 2013

    Thanks to a grant from the William B. Dietrich Foundation, Drexel University was able to renew and restore major aspects of its Anthony J. Drexel Picture Gallery, which included the installation of a new skylight and aesthetic improvements that update the space to today’s museum standards.

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    Hightlights Exhibit Feature

    April 15, 2013
    For the first time in Drexel’s history, works of art and archival artifacts from across the University are being exhibited together during A Legacy of Art, Science & Industry: Highlights from the Collections of Drexel University. The Drexel community is invited to an opening reception this Friday, April 19, beginning at 5 p.m.
  • Drexel Joins Pa Governor on Delegation to Brazil

    April 5, 2013
    Drexel University President John A. Fry and Drexel faculty and administrators will join Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s delegation to Brazil and Chile. The trip is scheduled for April 6-16 and will include stops in Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo, Florianopolis and Rio de Janeiro, along with Santiago, Chile.
  • First-Ever Exhibition of Art and Archival Artifact Highlights from Drexel’s Collections to go on Display April 12

    April 4, 2013
    For the first time in Drexel University’s history, the most treasured works of art and archival artifacts from around the University will be exhibited together during A Legacy of Art, Science & Industry: Highlights from the Collections of Drexel University. Approximately 90 objects spanning the 15th through 20th centuries, including paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, rare books, historical documents, political posters, historical costumes and even a surgical amputation kit, will be on display.
  • Secretary Napolitano Visits Drexel to Announce Campus Resilience Program

    April 2, 2013
    Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano traveled to Drexel University to announce seven colleges and universities competitively selected to participate in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Campus Resilience Pilot Program. DHS will work with Drexel and six selected colleges and universities to draw on existing resources, collaborate with federal, state and local stakeholders and identify new innovative approaches to promote campus resilience.
  • Drexel Delegation Travels to Ethiopia and Explores African Partnerships

    March 22, 2013

    Drexel University President John A. Fry and a delegation recently traveled to Ethiopia to explore possible University programs in the country’s urban and rural areas. Fry was joined by Dr. Shannon Marquez, associate dean of Drexel’s School of Public Health, and philanthropists and University benefactors Dana and David Dornsife. A 1983 Drexel alumna, Dana Dornsife together with David helped establish Drexel’s Dana and David Dornsife Center for Community Partnerships with a $10 million gift to the University.

  • Drexel President John A. Fry to Deliver Commencement Address at Montgomery County Community College

    March 19, 2013

    John A. Fry, president of Drexel University, will deliver the 2013 Commencement keynote address to graduates during Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) 46th Commencement ceremony on May 23 at 7 p.m. in Blue Bell.

  • Drexel Offers Doctorate, Graduate Programs at MCCC's University Center in Pottstown

    March 14, 2013

    Drexel University has joined Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) University Center initiative and will soon offer doctorate, graduate and professional development programs in Pottstown through its School of Education.

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    Brazilian Teachers Program

    February 18, 2013
    Drexel is wrapping up a unique new exchange program that brought a group of high-school English teachers from Brazil to the United States for six weeks of intensive English language training and professional development. A farewell reception for the group takes place Thursday.
  • Drexel to Transform Campus Center with Perelman Plaza

    February 6, 2013

    Thanks to a $5 million gift from the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Education Foundation, Drexel University will reimagine the center of its campus along the former 32nd Street between Chestnut and Market Streets. The resulting hub for the Drexel community will be known as The Raymond G. Perelman Plaza.

  • Drexel Establishes Close School of Entrepreneurship

    January 30, 2013
    Thanks to $12.5 million in recent gifts from the Charles and Barbara Close Foundation, Drexel University will establish the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship that will be one of a very small number of freestanding schools of entrepreneurship in the nation and the only one in Philadelphia.
  • Drexel to Open D.C. Office

    December 5, 2012
    Drexel University has announced it will open an office in Washington, D.C. that will serve as a multifunctional academic and outreach center for the University and its online subsidiary Drexel University Online.
  • Drexel Joins Philadelphia Delegation to China

    November 29, 2012
    Drexel University representatives are participating in a delegation to China led by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter in an effort to raise Philadelphia's international profile, develop business opportunities and renew discussions about direct flights between the city and that country.
  • Drexel’s Impact on Pennsylvania’s Economy: $2.4 Billion

    November 26, 2012
    Drexel University’s annual economic impact within Pennsylvania through its spending, increased earning power of alumni and the spending of students and visitors to Drexel is $2.4 billion, according to a new study by the Econsult Corporation that was released by the University. Drexel’s annual economic impact within the city of Philadelphia is $1.5 billion.
  • ExCITe Center

    ExCITe Center opening

    November 26, 2012
    Music technology, humanoid robots, app development, video games, and digital knitting machines will converge with many other technologies in one creative space when Drexel University opens its Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center on Nov. 28.
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    November 8, 2012
  • Philanthropist Philip B. Lindy

    Philanthropist Philip Lindy Receives Civic Engagement Award from Drexel

    October 25, 2012
    Drexel University President John A. Fry announced today that philanthropist Philip B. Lindy will receive the 2012 Joseph Jacovini Outstanding Service Award, the highest honor that the University bestows upon non-alumni in recognition of their service. The award will be presented on Saturday, November 17, at the annual Anthony J. Drexel Society Gala, Drexel’s premier annual black-tie event.
  • Drexel to Establish Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

    October 4, 2012
    With the help of a $10 million gift by Dana and David Dornsife, Drexel University President John A. Fry announced today the establishment of the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships to be located on a 1.3-acre site in the heart of West Philadelphia. Expected to open in 2014, the Dornsife Center will be located at 35th and Spring Garden Streets on a vacant site that currently includes two historical properties and a school totaling more than 29,400-square-feet of space.
  • photo of Dr. Daniel Schidlow, Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean and senior vice president, medical affairs at the Drexel University College of Medicine

    Dr. Daniel Schidlow Appointed Drexel College of Medicine Dean

    June 27, 2012
    Internationally recognized clinician in pediatric diseases Dr. Daniel V. Schidlow has been appointed Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean and senior vice president, medical affairs at the Drexel University College of Medicine. Schidlow will assume the role from his current position as interim dean and senior vice president.
  • Drexel Delegation Celebrates Official Opening of Drexel-SARI Center in China

    June 7, 2012
    A Drexel University delegation led by Drexel President John A. Fry marked the official opening of the Drexel-SARI Center in Shanghai on June 6 with a celebration at the Center that included a performance by musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra.
  • Drexel President Fry greets attendees at the launch of the Anthony J. Drexel book.

    Drexel Delegation Celebrates Translation of Book on University Founder in Mandarin

    June 5, 2012
    Drexel University and the Pennsylvania Center in Shanghai celebrated the launch of the Chinese translation of The Man Who Made Wall Street: Anthony J. Drexel and the Rise of Modern Finance. The biography of Drexel University’s founder, Anthony J. Drexel, reveals the life of a man who selflessly laid the foundation for later Wall Street giants JP Morgan and others, making possible the United States’ transition from an agrarian society to an industrialized nation. The mandarin translation of the book will be available in China this month. Drexel President John Fry, who is in China leading a delegation of University administrators, was at the celebration announcing the launch of the book.
  • President John Fry and ITU President Muhammed Sahin

    Drexel President John Fry Leads Delegation to Turkey

    April 20, 2012
    Drexel University President John Fry led a delegation of University administrators, faculty from Drexel’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems and College of Engineering, and representatives from Duke University and The Johns Hopkins University and industry partners through a five-day tour of Turkey’s epicenters for research and technological innovation. This Innovation Partnership Forum Delegation, spent time at some of the nation’s top universities, visited innovative “technoparks” and participated in a national biomedical engineering summit.
  • Drexel-Emphasis-on-Entrepreneurship-Baiada-Institute

    March 13, 2012
    The Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship will transition from a center of excellence within the LeBow College of Business at Drexel to a University-level institute, Drexel University President John A. Fry has announced.
  • Drexel-Breaks-Ground-on Chestnut-Square

    February 20, 2012
    Drexel and American Campus Communities will break ground on a new $97.6 million development that will transform Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd Streets into a new gateway for Drexel and University City. Designed by internationally acclaimed Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Chestnut Square will feature 361,200 square-feet of mixed-use student housing and retail space. It’s scheduled for completion September 2013.
  • Drexel and American Campus Communities Transform Chestnut-Street

    February 2, 2012
    Drexel University and  American Campus Communities will transform Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd Streets into a new gateway for Drexel and University City featuring 361,200 square-feet of mixed-use student housing and retail space. The groundbreaking event for the estimated $97.6 million project is scheduled for February 21, with a targeted construction completion date of September 2013, announced Drexel University President John A. Fry.
  • President Fry Leads Drexel Delegation to Israel

    January 31, 2012
    Drexel University President John A. Fry is leading a delegation to Israel to attend the second Bi-national Symposium on Translational Research in Biomedicine and Biomedical Engineering, jointly sponsored by Hebrew University’s (HUJI) Institute for Drug Research (IDR) and Drexel.
  • Exterior of the A.J. Drexel Plasma Institute

    Drexel Receives Keck Foundation Grant to Expand Plasma Research

    January 30, 2012
    Drexel University has received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to expand research on the fundamental science of interactions between plasma, which is an ionized gas, and living systems. The research, funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation, will be led by the University’s Anthony J. Drexel Plasma Institute.
  • ELATE womens leadership program receives research grant

    January 24, 2012

    A new initiative at Drexel University has an ambitious goal: to advance senior women faculty in the fields of engineering and technology in academic institutions across the United States. Now, thanks to a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, this new initiative, the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering program (ELATE at Drexel™), will be able to test just how well this goal is being reached.

  • The Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel Receives Accreditation from the ABA

    August 5, 2011

    Drexel President John A. Fry announced today that the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel has received full accreditation from the American Bar Association (ABA).The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar approved the application at its annual meeting in Toronto, following the completion of an intensive accreditation process.

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences and Drexel Announce an Historic Affiliation

    May 19, 2011

    The collaboration will further Philadelphia’s reputation as a leader in the Natural and Environmental Sciences; The Pew Charitable Trusts Announces $1 million grant

  • Coulter Foundation Helps Create 20 Million Endowment in Support of Biomedical Innovations

    April 26, 2011

    The University matched the Coulter Foundation’s $10 million grant creating a $20 million endowment to bring life saving solutions to clinical practice by moving promising biomedical discoveries to commercialization.

  • Drexel Receives $15 Million Gift in Support of Civic Engagement and Community Initiatives

    Drexel Receives 15 Million Gift in Support of Civic Engagement and Community Initiatives

    April 15, 2011

    In recognition of philanthropist Philip B. Lindy's generous support, Drexel will name the Center for Civic Engagement for Lindy.

  • Drexel to Celebrate Inauguration of John A Fry the Universitys 14th President

    April 12, 2011

    As Drexel’s 14th president, Fry oversees a university that has grown significantly in the last decade and is ranked in the top 100 of Best National Universities in “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S.News & World Report.