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Opportunity and Vision

May 2012

The achievements of the past are only as valuable as the vision they inspire in us for the future.

That's why when I was selected to lead Drexel at a time of remarkable momentum—unprecedented growth in comprehensiveness and reputation, leadership in experiential learning, growing research and civic enterprises dedicated to improving lives—my first priority was to convene the entire University community to discuss what comes next.

The result is "Transforming the Modern Urban University," our new strategic plan.

In this inspiring moment, Drexel's responsibilities as an institution are perfectly matched by our culture and capabilities:

  • We must prepare students for success in a world changing more rapidly than ever before...and we can build on a signature co-op program that connects them directly to the needs of the professional environment around the globe.
  • We must put our intellectual capital in service of a society facing great challenges...and we can be proud of a research enterprise that specializes in translating discovery to real-world impact.
  • Finally, we must join our neighbors in the quest for growth, community and a higher quality of life...and Drexel represents an economic and social engine with the potential to transform our neighborhood, city, and region.

Every Drexel constituency had a voice in the process that produced this document, from students to faculty and professional staff to alumni, trustees, and friends of the University. I am grateful to the hundreds of people who made tangible contributions to the effort. We should all feel a sense of ownership in this plan, and it's essential that we do: It will take every one of us, working and innovating together, to achieve the ambitious goals laid out here.

We've envisioned an exciting trajectory for Drexel University. Let us not settle for anything short of fully realizing that vision.


John A. Fry