John A. Fry, 14th president of Franklin & Marshall College, was honored at an April 7 ceremony on campus that featured the unveiling of his official College portrait. That painting, by David Larned, a noted portrait and landscape artist from Philadelphia, is now displayed in the living room of New College House.
Fry has been president of Drexel University since 2010. Prior to that, he served as F&M's president for eight years.
Several F&M dignitaries joined Fry in speaking at the unveiling. They included President Daniel R. Porterfield; Susan L. Washburn, chair of the Board of Trustees; Dean C. Hammer, the John W. Wetzel Professor of Classics and Professor of Government and New College House don; Joel P. Eigen, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology and the former don of Ware College House; and Alesandra Owolabi '18, president of New College House.
Porterfield welcomed Fry by saying, "Your tenacity, leadership and vision transformed F&M – and all of us who call this place home deeply value your legacy." Porterfield also noted that Fry's leadership in the creation of the College House system made New College House the perfect place to hang his portrait.
"Perhaps your most powerful gesture of vision and belief in the power of place to fuel the education of young minds was the creation of F&M's signature, even iconic, College House system," Porterfield said. "We sit in a marvelous example of that system's success today. Indeed, we had the great privilege when I first became president to rename and dedicated the green where most of our College Houses now sit in your names, as the John Fry College House Green."