Inauguration of 17th President

 

Schedule of Inaugural Events

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Celebrating Community: Inaugural Campus Tailgate
5 – 7 p.m.
Cline Woods, Rain Site: Fitness Center
All students, faculty, staff and their families
 
 

Friday, October 29, 2021

Celebrating Legacy: Inaugural Dinner
7 p.m.
The Garment Factory
By invitation only
 
 

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Robing
1:15 p.m.
Guest Institutions and Learned Societies
Napolitan Student Center, 2nd level
 
Faculty, Staff, Trustees and Platform Party
Spurlock Center, 2nd level
 
Celebrating Vision: Inauguration Ceremony
2 p.m.
Spurlock Center
Open to the public, reservations appreciated
 
Immediately Following Ceremony
President’s Inaugural Reception
Napolitan Student Center
Open to the public, reservations appreciated
 
 

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Celebrating Faith: Inaugural Worship Service
10 a.m.
Richardson Chapel
Open to the public
 

RSVP Forms

To RSVP online for the ceremony and reception, complete the appropriate form.

 

About Kerry Prather

Kerry N. Prather serves as the 17th President of Franklin College.

Prather was appointed as Acting President in January 2020 and President one month later, with his term slated to end in June 2022. In March 2021, the Franklin College Board of Trustees announced Prather would continue to lead the institution until at least July 1, 2024.

During his tenure as the college’s president, Prather has led the way in establishing the college’s Center for Tech Innovation and the Johnson Memorial Health Athletic Annex; launched a competitive esports program on campus; and created a digital fluency initiative that serves as the capstone to the already transformative education Franklin provides. His leadership has earned the confidence of Lilly Endowment Inc., with the college being awarded a $1 million grant in 2020 to help strengthen technology integration and expand learning opportunities. He also led the college to its most successful fundraising year ever in 2020 and welcomed the largest incoming class in five years, all in the midst of a global pandemic. Prather has expanded the college’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, pledging to graduate leaders capable of and committed to making our communities, our states and our nation more fair, more just and more compassionate. Read More.

About Franklin College

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential liberal arts and sciences institution located 20 minutes south of Indianapolis. Franklin offers a wide array of undergraduate majors as well as master’s degree programs in Physician Assistant Studies and Athletic Training. The unique curriculum merges classroom instruction with immersive experiences, research opportunities and study away programs. Our goal is to prepare career-ready graduates for today’s global professions and those of the future. Small classes enable students to thrive through personal peer interaction and mentorship from professors who challenge and inspire them to think critically and perform confidently. Read More.

Directions

Franklin College is located just 20 minutes south of Indianapolis.  For details on traveling to the campus and a campus map, click here.