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Former Franklin College president removed from alma mater's trustee board; acting president chosen

Franklin College athletic director named acting president in wake of Minar arrest and firing

By Taylor Wooten


Following his recent arrest and termination from Franklin College, former President Thomas J. Minar has been removed from the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Pomona College in California.

The news was announced in an email sent out to the Pomona College community on Monday. In the email, Board of Trustees secretary Christina Ciambriello explains that Minar, who had been on the board since 2018, has been removed.

Minar was arrested in Wisconsin on Jan. 6 on charges that include use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime, child enticement and exposing a child to harmful materials or narrations. He was released from custody on a $7,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 17.

To end the statement, Ciambriello addresses the severity of the issue by offering resources to the students at Pomona College.

“As authorities investigate in Wisconsin, we acknowledge that this kind of information can be deeply troubling,” said Ciambriello. “On our campus, please do not hesitate to access help through our Title IX Office, Monsour Counseling and additional resources if you have been affected by this news.”

On Tuesday, it was announced that, effective immediately, former Director of Athletics, Kerry Prather, will act as the College’s acting president.

“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,” Chair of the Board of Trustees, James Due, said.

In an email sent to students Wednesday, Prather said he will pledge all his effort to be mindful that students are the center of what the college is for.

“Foremost in the minds of faculty, staff, administration and trustees has always been a simple concept: What is in the best interests of our students?” he said.

Prather said students relationships with faculty is what makes Franklin distinctive.

“As I transition into this new role, I ask for your prayers and support as we all refocus on the unlimited potential of Franklin College,” he said.

In June 2019, Minar announced that he would be stepping down as president after the 2019-20 school year. Since that announcement, Franklin College has hired national recruitment agency Isaacson Miller to assist in the search for the college’s 17th president.

While Prather takes on the position, head baseball coach and assistant athletic director, Lance Marshall, has assumed the role of interim athletic director. Brian Lebowitz will serve as associate head basketball coach.

“Franklin has a bright future, and I am excited to help ensure that the institution remains focused on the heart of its mission, our current and future students,” Prather said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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