Office of the President

The Office of Franklin College’s 16th President, Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D.

Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D.
Welcome to Franklin College,

We’re proud to be on Money magazine’s list of top 50 U.S. colleges and universities that add the most value to their degrees, and we’re continuing to think forward about becoming even stronger.

Our approach to the liberal arts and sciences is rigorous and relevant to the needs of today’s global society and workforce. We honor a tradition of employing first-class faculty who teach students to think big about the possibilities, and who inspire students to become their best selves while contributing toward creating a better society.

Our engaged learning opportunities integrate classroom instruction with community-based projects, giving students strategic opportunities for internships and field placements in Indianapolis and beyond. These opportunities create meaningful connections to our network of successful alumni, including scientists, educators, executives, journalists and thought leaders. Our graduates are valued for their critical-thinking skills and work ethic.

We invite you to learn more about why it’s great to be a Franklin College Grizzly. Schedule a campus visit and be part of the conversation at #FCThinkingForward.
signature of Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D.




About Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D.

Dr. Thomas J. Minar is Franklin College’s 16th president (since 2015).

Since he took office, he has led the college through a comprehensive strategic planning process and given significant focus to creating models for contemporary delivery of liberal arts education, with cutting-edge focus on ‘high impact practices.’ That focus has led to new connections in business and professional communities in Indiana and around the country, seeking meaningful and distinctive intersections between students’ collegiate studies and professional opportunities.

The college has completed a comprehensive marketing and branding project leading to the “Relentlessly Pursue” brand platform, which was introduced in August 2017; refinanced all its long-term debt; launched the development of a 51,000-square-foot science center; and continued its Campaign for the Sciences to assure it can support the region’s dynamic life sciences industries.

President Minar has established the President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion and created all-new policies and procedures around sexual misconduct and student safety.

Minar came to Franklin from American University in Washington, D.C., where he was vice president for development and alumni relations. He previously served 23 years at Illinois institutions. He is a native of the Chicago area and a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, California with an MBA and a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern.

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