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Presidential Speeches

2014 Convocation (October 7, 2014)
Focused on the centrality of academics, and in particular faculty, to Drexel’s mission

Anthony J. Drexel Society Gala (November 23, 2013)
Celebrating the completion of the most ambitious and successful capital campaign in Drexel’s history

Wallace H. Coulter Centennial Celebration (November 21, 2013)
Remarks on life-saving innovation and the legacy of Wallace H. Coulter, given at the Drexel-Coulter Foundation event "Global Innovation Partnership Forum"

CityAge: The New American City (November 14, 2013)
Remarks on urban development issues, welcoming an audience of city planning experts and officials to a CityAge conference held at Drexel

Economy League of Greater Philadelphia: Leadership Exchange (October 25, 2013)
Keynote address on Drexel’s vision for economic development and innovation, given to an audience of rising leaders in the region’s business and nonprofit sectors

Drexel Convocation (October 22, 2013)
Discussion of achievements and challenges in creating a more diverse Drexel community

Shale Insight Conference (September 25, 2013)
Remarks on energy policy and Philadelphia’s potential as an energy hub, given to a conference on Marcellus Shale natural gas production

U.S. House Subcommittee Hearing: The Importance of the Northeast Corridor (June 7, 2013)
Invited testimony on transit-oriented development, in front of a New York City field hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads

Episcopal Academy Murphy Lecture (March 4, 2013)
Invited remarks on spirituality in innovation, presented to students and teachers at one of the region's leading prep schools

Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (January 30, 2013)
Keynote address on the importance of entrepreneurship, given to an audience of innovators in Greater Philadelphia

Anthony J. Drexel Society Gala (November 17, 2012)
Progress report offered at Drexel’s annual celebration of philanthropy and shared stewardship

Drexel Convocation (October 2, 2012)
Discussion of Drexel’s basic and translational research enterprises, at an event themed around research

Delaware Valley Student Affairs Conference (February 17, 2012)
Keynote address on higher education trends, given to a regional meeting of student affairs professionals

Anthony J. Drexel Society Gala (November 19, 2011)
Drexel’s accomplishments and strategic direction, updated for leading donors and friends of the University

Drexel Convocation (September 27, 2011)
Brief “state of the University” address at the formal opening of Drexel’s academic year

Presidential Inauguration (April 14, 2011)
A broad vision and specific goals for Drexel’s impact during President Fry’s tenure

Drexel Convocation (October 5, 2010)
A commitment to civic engagement and neighborhood strengthening as University priorities, laid out in President Fry’s first address to the Drexel community