Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Honorary Degree Recipient

Patrick T. Harker

Patrick T. Harker

Patrick T. Harker is the 11th president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, where he is part of the Federal Open Market Committee that works to formulate the nation's monetary policy.

Before taking office at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Harker served as the 26th President of the University of Delaware. He was also a professor of business administration at the University's Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the College of Engineering.

Before joining the University of Delaware in 2007, Harker was dean and reliance professor of Management and Private Enterprise at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he served as the Wharton School's interim dean and deputy dean as well as the chair of its operations and information management department. In 1991, Harker   became the youngest faculty member in Wharton's history to be awarded an endowed professorship -- the UPS Transportation Professor of the Private Sector. Harker has published and/or edited nine books and more than 100 professional articles. From 1996 to 1999, he served as editor-in-chief of the journal Operations Research.

Harker serves as a member of the Select Operating Committee of Select Greater Philadelphia. He previously served on the boards of Catholic Relief Services, Pepco Holdings, Inc., and Huntsman Corporation.  He was also a founding member of the board of advisors for Decision Lens, Inc.

In 2012, Harker was named a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He was also named a White House fellow by President George H. W. Bush in 1991 and served as a special assistant to FBI Director William S. Sessions from 1991 to 1992.

Harker has a PhD in civil and urban engineering, an MA in economics, and an MSE and BSE in civil engineering -- all from the University of Pennsylvania.