The City University of New York Graduate Center
Ph.D., English, 1995

Oxford University
BA/MA, English, 1986

Georgetown University
AB, English, 1983


Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., has served as president of Franklin & Marshall College since 2011.

Under his leadership, F&M has developed Claiming Our Future, a visionary strategic plan for the College, launched an innovative approach to students’ personal and professional success through the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development, and formulated a distinctive student talent strategy building upon a significant expansion of F&M’s financial aid program. This work, and more, has resulted in greater visibility and public leadership for F&M, record application numbers, an increase in the academic profile, diversity, and selectivity of incoming classes, and a significant rise in rankings—including a jump to 37th among national liberal arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report.

Porterfield contributes frequently to the national dialogue issues like the value of the liberal arts, college access and success, and the impact of technology on higher education. He was the only liberal arts college president invited to speak in 2014 at two White House summits and a White House STEM education workshop held in Boulder, Colorado. He sits on the boards of the College Board, the Cristo Rey Network, and the Lenfest Foundation, and serves as an advisor to Teach For America and the College Advising Corps. In 2012, the KIPP Foundation honored Porterfield with its “Beyond Z” award for efforts “above and beyond for the benefit of children,” and he received the “I Have A Dream” Foundation’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Prior to his appointment at F&M, Porterfield served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Development at his alma mater, Georgetown University, and as a senior aid to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, and earned his Ph.D. in English at The City University of New York Graduate Center.  

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