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President Minar will resign in June 2020

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Franklin College President Thomas Minar announced Wednesday that he will resign after the next academic year.


In an email to students and faculty, Minar reflected on several accomplishments made during his time as president, a role he’s served in since 2015.


“We have accomplished the things here I set out for us, and I’m looking forward to my next challenge,” he said.


From the development of a new seminar for first-year students called “Launch,” to the creation of two graduate-level programs and the debut of the Franklin College Science Center, Minar listed off the many changes he oversaw while in office.


When he was first hired, Minar said he and Jim Due, chair of the Franklin College Board of Trustees, had meaningful conversations about the future of the college.


Minar said in the announcement that the “strategic plan and reenergized vision and mission statements” he and Due established are now in place amid the “most aggressive” rebranding efforts in the school’s history.


“The college’s core product — undergraduate liberal arts and sciences — is poised to be the strongest imaginable in the region,” Minar said, adding Franklin College students, faculty and staff are now “recognized as meaningful leaders in the workforce and talent development conversations for the state and Midwest.”


Prior to his role as Franklin College president, Minar served in a variety of leadership positions in higher education. He most recently acted as vice president of development and alumni relations for American University, a position he held for almost seven years.


Minar said that he is committed to a strong final year and a smooth transition to new leadership. He will officially step down in June 2020.


“I would be remiss in not thanking extraordinary colleagues at the college for all they have done, and will continue to do, to assure Franklin’s excellence and successes, and remarkable students who motivate me every day,” Minar said.


This is a developing story and will be updated.

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