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Drexel Univer­sity Pres­i­dent JOHN FRY, shown here on cam­pus, has his sights set on the fu­ture of Univer­sity City with the game-chang­ing Schuylkill Yards project.

How Drexel is lead­ing the way in ed­u­ca­tion: We’re tak­ing our ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing to the next level, lever­ag­ing the Drexel co-op to give stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to start their own com­pa­nies and work over­seas in 50 coun­tries. Proud­est mo­ment: Drexel’s 125th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion this aca­demic year. We’ve em­braced founder An­thony J. Drexel’s prin­ci­ples of in­no­va­tion, in­clu­sion, and civic en­gage­ment like never be­fore. Fa­mous Philadel­phian you most want to have din­ner with: Grace Kelly, and I’d shame­lessly ask her to do­nate her en­tire wardrobe to the Robert and Penny Fox His­toric Cos­tume Col­lec­tion at Drexel, which owns the stun­ning coral-en­crusted dress she wore as Princess Grace of Monaco in the 1960’s. Top ta­bles: EAT Café, the pay-what-you-can restau­rant at 38th and Lan­caster Streets with a mis­sion to “nour­ish the com­mu­nity through good food and fel­low­ship.” And any­where else that Marc Vetri cooks. One thing that peo­ple would be sur­prised to know about you: I hate pub­lic speak­ing. Fa­vorite Philadel­phia movie: The Philadel­phia Story—“My, she was yar.” Lo­cal land­mark: Bach­e­lors Barge Club, where Drexel’s crew teams row.

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