Franklin College Board of Trustees Chairman James Due today announced that Franklin College President Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D., has informed the board that the 2019-2020 academic year will conclude his service to the college as its president.
“It has been a joy and privilege to serve as president of Franklin College,” said Minar. “We have much to celebrate, including successful fundraising efforts, a new strategic plan, and an improved, inclusive student experience. We have one of the strongest faculty and administrative teams in Franklin’s history, of which I am especially proud. Without their dedicated stewardship, the successes at Franklin would be unattainable.”
“I’ve accomplished the things I came here to do, and I’m looking forward to my next challenge. I’m looking at distinct possibilities for the future and look forward to sharing my plans as they unfold,” Minar added. “I am committed to ensuring a smooth transition and have positioned Franklin for future growth and enduring success.”
Due praised Minar for his efforts on campus and beyond.
“Tom is the architect of Franklin’s recent successes,” Due said. “On campus, he led the successful fundraising campaign for Franklin’s new $17 million science center, opened the Graduate Health Science Center and introduced new marketing and admissions approaches that have attracted academically successful students. He helped redefine the student experience at Franklin through his focus on improving campus diversity. Beyond Franklin, he has opened doors and developed deep and lasting relationships that have strengthened the college’s profile. We are deeply grateful for his service and his legacy of achievements.”
Minar became Franklin College’s 16th president on July 1, 2015. Minar came to Franklin from American University in Washington, D.C., where he was vice president for development and alumni relations, and 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 a Master of Management degree and a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University. He is a trustee of Pomona College.
POSTED Jun 12, 2019