Welcome from President Porterfield

Franklin & Marshall is an academically rigorous liberal arts college named for two iconic Americans—inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall.

For more than 225 years, our students have learned by doing, working directly with deeply invested faculty on high-impact research and scholarship.

We recruit students who we believe can become intellectual leaders. They’re curious and hard-working. We teach them to connect ideas, write well, relate theory and practice, understand diversity, ask questions and then answer them.

Within a supportive community that values individuality and developing one’s own voice, our students discover how to unleash their talent and exceed their own expectations. At Franklin & Marshall College, we create the education we seek.

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

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Story 8/11/2016

President Porterfield Covers the Country Advocating for F&M

Since shortly after graduation in May, F&M's president has logged thousands of miles in the air and on the road meeting with potential funders and college leaders, in addition to speaking at major...

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Story 3/9/2016

The Intellectual Life

It was Robert Frost who said, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener”—now one of my definitions of a great F&M professor.

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Story 1/12/2016

President Porterfield: Weaving a 'Single Garment of Destiny'

On Jan. 12, six days before the country prepared to celebrate civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Porterfield delivered a major address to the campus about continuing to build on the...

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