FRANKLIN - Franklin College has announced President Thomas Minar will step down at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. Minar notified the college's Board of Trustees of his decision Wednesday, saying he is "looking at distinct possibilities for the future."

Minar became the college's 16th president in July 2015 after serving as vice president for development and alumni relations at American University in Washington D.C. James Due, chairman of the Franklin College Board of Trustees, said Minar is the architect of the colleges recent successes.

"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."

The college did not provide information on its plans to find Minar's successor, however Minar said he is committed to ensuring a smooth transition.

"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."

Minar recently appeared on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick to talk about the Graduate Health Science Center project and other efforts at Franklin College. You can watch that interview by clicking the link below: