Bio of Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D.

Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D.Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D., became Franklin College’s 16th president on July 1, 2015. Since taking office Minar has launched what is anticipated to be the college’s most comprehensive strategic planning process to date, embarked on a listening tour with thousands of college alumni and constituents and spoken at numerous outreach events in Indianapolis and around the country. His goals for the college include continued growth in the areas of academic excellence, engaged community-based learning and diversity.

Prior to joining Franklin College, Minar held key positions in institutional fundraising, alumni relations, external affairs and higher education administration, accruing nearly three decades of leadership experience. He is the immediate past vice president of development and alumni relations for American University in Washington D.C., where he achieved several milestones. Under his leadership, the university exceeded a $200 million campaign goal, closing with $214.1 million in December 2010. The university also twice received the Circle of Excellence Award for Overall Improvement from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

His other previous career experience includes serving as vice president of institutional advancement for Roosevelt University in Chicago, vice president of development and external affairs for Chicago Theological Seminary, director of development for the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations and associate dean for external affairs and chief development officer for the University of Illinois College of Commerce and Business Administration. He holds a doctorate in political science from Northwestern University, master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and bachelor’s degree in government from Pomona College.

He is a native of the Chicago area and is married to Frank S. Becker, M.D., an academic physician for Northwestern University and the director of pulmonary and critical care at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital.