The 16th president of Franklin College has set his vision for the institution for the next 10 to 20 years. Thomas Minar has been inaugurated as president after being appointed to the position last July.
In his inauguration address, Minar listed the five pillars of the college’s draft strategic plan. He said the pillars "reflect the historical grounding of our institution and the current beliefs of the college community, and they will push us to work at the edges, and to grow into the future." They include:
- Deliver a nationally-recognized, innovative curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences through immersive, engaged learning.
- Prepare a diverse Franklin College community to contribute actively to a global society.
- Develop leaders through a culture of service and civic and professional engagement.
- Ensure the connection and the relevance of the college to our local, regional, national and global communities.
- Enhance institutional capacity for innovation and sustainability.
Prior to his appointment as president of Franklin College, Minar served as the vice president of development and alumni relations at American University in Washington D.C. He has also served in leadership positions at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Chicago Theological Seminary and the University of Illinois College of Commerce and Business Administration.
You can click here to read Minar’s inauguration address. You can also view the inauguration ceremony below: