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File #: 220202    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/3/2022 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/10/2022
Title: Honoring and congratulating Drexel University President John Fry on his 2021 receipt of the William Penn Award from the Greater Philadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce, and for his many contributions to Drexel University, the local community, and the entire Philadelphia region.
Sponsors: Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 22020200, 2. Signature22020200
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Honoring and congratulating Drexel University President John Fry on his 2021 receipt of the William Penn Award from the Greater Philadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce, and for his many contributions to Drexel University, the local community, and the entire Philadelphia region.

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WHEREAS, In February of 2022, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce announced that John Fry, President of Drexel University, is the 2021 winner of the William Penn Award, which is the highest honor given to a business leader in Greater Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, The William Penn Award has been given annually since 1949. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to improving the Philadelphia region; and

WHEREAS, John Fry was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. He then earned his Masters of Business Administration from New York University's Stern School of Business before beginning a career in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, Prior to his time with Drexel, Mr. Fry worked in consulting, specializing in higher education. He worked for both the University of Pennsylvania and Franklin and Marshall College. At both institutions, Mr. Fry helped spearhead effective strategies to elevate the institutions' profiles and plan for sustainable expansions into the future; and

WHEREAS, John Fry was the President of Franklin and Marshall College from 2002 to 2010 and became Drexel University's 14th President in 2010; and

WHEREAS, At Drexel University, Mr. Fry has prioritized and established a national example for public-private partnerships. As part of Drexel's role as an anchor institution, Mr. Fry announced the creation of a subsidiary enterprise, now under Drexel Applied Innovation, to help students and faculty members partner with the private sector to build businesses around their ideas and inventions. And those relationships will be at the heart of Schuylkill Yards, a $3.5 billion mixed-use development on University real estate adjacent to ...

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