First Speaker Bio

Over the next two weeks, Tiffany and I will be implementing Speaker Bios for everyone that will be lecturing at TEDxDrexelU. These people are absurdly interesting and passionate in their fields and we hope it gives you an idea of what to expect on May 16th.

I’m pleased to present our first speaker, the already respected and admired, President Fry.


John Anderson Fry, appointed Drexel University’s 14th president in 2010, has served higher education for his entire professional life. Fry has set forth a vision that will ultimately transform Drexel into what he has termed the “modern urban university of the future”—an institution that will harness both its long-established and still-emerging strengths to serve its students, its neighborhood, its city and the nation.

Prior to serving at Drexel University, Fry was president at Franklin & Marshall, and executive vice president at University of Pennsylvania. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Fry studied American civilization at Lafayette College and received the George Wharton Pepper Prize, the highest honor awarded to a graduating senior. In 1986, he earned a master’s degree in business administration from the New York University Stern School of Business.

Granted, there’s a lot of construction going on and you may have had to change your class routes, but in the long term Drexel University is going places and President Fry has been pivotal in its success.

By Marina Lamanna

Are you looking forward to hearing President Fry speak at a TED event?

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