Kerry Prather has been named acting president of Franklin College. Prather has served the institution as director of athletics and head men’s basketball coach for more than 30 years. 

The appointment comes following the termination of Former President Thomas J. Minar earlier this month.

Prather started with Franklin College in 1982 as an assistant men’s basketball coach, was promoted to head coach in 1983 and took on the additional role of athletic director in 1990. For much of that time, he also has been an executive leadership representative on the college’s President’s Cabinet.

In addition to his most recent roles, he previously served as acting vice president for administration and acting vice president for enrollment management. 

 “The team-first mentality that has served Kerry tremendously well in the athletic realm for more than three decades will be an asset to his role as acting president of Franklin College. Beyond his strengths in team-building, collaborating and motivating, he brings incredible passion for the college mission of preparing students for purposeful lives and significant careers. His stalwart service and flexibility to do what is needed, when it is needed, will help the college remain focused on doing what is best for students during this time of transition,” said James Due, Franklin College Board of Trustees Chair. 

Prather has appointed head baseball coach and assistant athletic director Lance Marshall as interim director of athletics and Brian Lebowitz as associate head basketball coach. 

Franklin College says the search for a permanent president is currently underway.

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