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.