Constantine Papadakis

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Constantine Papadakis.

Constantine Papadakis (February 2, 1946 – April 5, 2009)[1] was a Greek-American businessman and the president of Drexel University.

Academic career[edit]

Papadakis received his diploma in Civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece. He came to the United States in 1969 to continue his studies in civil engineering and earn his master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.[2] He then went on to earn his doctorate from the University of Michigan.[3]

Papadakis served as head of the civil engineering department at Colorado State University and then dean of University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering prior to 1995.[4] He was appointed President of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1995 and held that position until his death in 2009. During his tenure, Papadakis doubled the full-time undergraduate enrollment, tripled freshman applications, quintupled the university's endowment, and quintupled research funding.[3][4] His salary of $805,000 was the sixth highest among university presidents.[5] After his death Papadakis' total earnings, including life insurance payout, was estimated at over $4 million.[6]

Other activities[edit]

Papadakis sat on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange as chairman of the compensation committee.[7] He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.[2]


Papadakis died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from pulmonary complications due to pneumonia on April 5, 2009 after battling lung cancer for months.[8] He was 63 years old.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Constantine Papadakis, Drexel University President, Dies at 63". The New York Times. Associated Press. April 7, 2009. Retrieved April 8, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Blossom, Jay (July 29, 2005). "Trustee Profile: Dr. Constantine Papadakis" (PDF). In Trust Online. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 16, 2017. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Office of the President - Biography". Drexel University. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  4. ^ a b Blumenthal, Jeff (April 6, 2009). "Drexel president Papadakis dies". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  5. ^ Wysocki Jr., Bernard (February 23, 2005). "How Dr. Papadakis Runs a University Like a Company". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on February 23, 2005.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette republished this article as "How Dr. Papadakis runs a Drexel University like a company."
  6. ^ Pope, Justin (December 5, 2011). "The 10 Highest Paid Private College Presidents: Chronicle Of Higher Education List". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  7. ^ Fuerbringer, Jonathan (September 24, 2003). "Market Place; As More Markets Go Public, Salaries Are Under Scrutiny". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
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  9. ^ "Drexel U president Papadakis dies, had lung cancer". WPVI TV. April 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  10. ^ "Message from Chairman Richard A. Greenawalt". Archived from the original on 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 

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