Dr. Constantine 'Taki' Papadakis
Dr. Constantine Papdakis, Drexel University President from 1995 to 2009, bronze portrait sculpture is in public square in Mesdla, Crete, Greece—his birthplace. Sculpture by artist Zenos Frudakis.
Dr. 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, and then went on to earn his doctorate from the University of Michigan.
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. Appointed President of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1995, Dr. Papadakis 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.
Size: Life size
Location: Public Square in Meskla, Crete, Greece (birthplace)