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Patrick Timothy Harker (born November 19, 1958) is the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Harker previously served as the President of University of Delaware. He was the dean of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from 2001 to 2007. He began his presidency of the University of Delaware in 2007 and resigned in 2015.

Harker grew up in Gloucester City, New Jersey. He graduated from St. Mary's School in Gloucester in 1973, and was a scholar athlete at Gloucester Catholic High School.

Before receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983, Harker worked as a consulting engineer in Philadelphia and New York City. He was a faculty member of the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1983–1984.

Harker was named a Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation in 1986 and as a White House Fellow by President George H.W. Bush in 1991. In the latter position, he spent 1991-1992 as a Special Assistant to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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