Kerry Prather

Franklin College President Kerry Prather has been appointed to serve on the Indy Chamber Board of Directors.

The role of the board is to manage the full scope of the Indy Chamber’s business including the organizational budget. The legislative agenda and all council and committee recommendations are reviewed and voted on by the full board.

Franklin College has been a member of the Indy Chamber since 2014. Its board is comprised of CEOs, presidents and executives from organizations throughout the region. They represent various professions, including banking, education, health care, the legal field and several others.

“I am excited to engage more intensely in the work of the Indy Chamber and am proud to join its Board of Directors,” said Prather. “The chamber’s work throughout the region is important and impactful, as is the involvement of Franklin College. We have enjoyed the opportunities afforded by our membership and look forward to continuing this mutually beneficial relationship.”

Prather serves as the 17th President of Franklin College. During his tenure as the college’s president, he 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 and welcomed the largest incoming class in five years in 2020 and the most racially diverse incoming class ever in 2021, 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. The Indy Chamber serves as a voice of progress and improvement in the region, uniting business and community to maintain a strong economy and quality of life. 

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