Office of the President

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

Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D.

Thank you for your interest in Franklin College, home of the Grizzlies!

GRIZ pride is in everything we do, from sporting our blue and gold college colors and honoring alumni traditions to building community partnerships and innovating student-learning opportunities.

With a newly adopted curriculum, the Pursuit at Franklin College, we are building on engaged-learning opportunities, entrepreneurial programs and projects that integrate classroom instruction with community-based partnerships. The curriculum is strengthening our college community’s reach, helping create pathways to internships, field placements and full-time positions wherever Grizzlies may dream of pursuing their passions.  Launch, our new first-year experience, will prove to be one of the nation’s strongest.

Our culture of service and civic and professional engagement develops leaders, and their success shows in our graduate outcomes.  Since students are required to complete at least one internship – and many complete more – our students graduate well-prepared for their careers!

At Franklin, students benefit from our rigorous liberal arts and sciences offerings, honed to meet the needs of today’s global society and workforce. Our faculty-advocates work closely with students on developing skillsets and exploring passions, and they challenge them to stretch beyond settling for obvious answers or simply checking off academic requirements.

As you become better acquainted with Franklin College, you will discover it is the only liberal arts and sciences college in the greater Indianapolis metropolitan area, only a 20-minute drive from downtown. Our prime location, near one of the nation’s great cities, provides tremendous professional development and entertainment opportunities for students.

The city of Franklin itself is idyllic, with expansive green space for outdoor activities as well as a thriving downtown, with restaurants, clothing boutiques, a bicycle shop and historical movie theatre just steps away from campus. On top of that, the city and region’s economic development boom continues to bring new industries and jobs to the area.

I invite you to learn more about why it is great to be a Franklin College Grizzly. Schedule a campus visit and be part of the conversation at #FCThinkingForward.  


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Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D.

About Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D.

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

Since taking office, President Minar has led the college through a comprehensive strategic planning process, leading to reenergized vision and mission statements; engaged the college in its most aggressive brand and marketing plan in its history, launching the “Relentlessly Pursue” brand platform; launched and developed strategic enrollment plans and enrollment stimulus programs to build a pipeline of future students and support; successfully eclipsed and closed a $10 million fundraising goal for the Campaign for the Sciences, dedicating the Franklin College Science Center in 2019; and opened the Graduate Health Science Center, housing the college’s two first master of science programs. President Minar also established the President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion; created all-new policies and procedures around sexual misconduct and student safety; and continues to work to strengthen campus life, assuring an inclusive experience that ties academic, co-curricular and residential education. 

But the hallmark of President Minar’s tenure is the rollout of a reimagined curriculum – the Pursuit at Franklin College – the most comprehensive curricular reform in the college’s 185-year history. The college’s core product – undergraduate liberal arts and sciences – is now poised to be the strongest imaginable in the region, launched by an innovative first-year experience many believe will prove to be the strongest anywhere.

President 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, where he proudly serves as a member of the board of trustees, with an MBA and a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern. 

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