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Messages from the President

This selection of messages sent by President Daniel R. Porterfield to members of the Franklin & Marshall College community reflects engagement with faculty, professional staff, students, parents and alumni on a wide range of issues of interest to members of the F&M family.

Welcoming Joel Martin

President Porterfield sent this message to faculty and professional staff on July 7, 2014

Dear Members of the Franklin & Marshall Community:

I write to welcome Joel Martin on his first day as Provost and Dean of the Faculty. As many of you remember, Joel is joining us from the University of Massachusetts where he held faculty and administrative appointments since 2006, and where he served as Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and Dean of the Faculty since 2010. Prior to his appointments at UMass, Joel was Costo Endowed Chairholder in American Indian Affairs and Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of California-Riverside. In the last two years of his tenure at Riverside, he served as Interim Dean in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. 

This day is a homecoming for Joel, as he started his academic career at Franklin & Marshall in our Religious Studies department in 1988, and chaired the department in 1996-2000. We are pleased that he has chosen to join our community again in a pivotal strategic leadership role, which he assumes in close partnership with the faculty, the senior officers of the College, and me. 

Over the next several weeks, Joel will be getting reacquainted with Franklin & Marshall, settling into his office, and learning about the important and exciting work that awaits him. I know how eager he is to meet you and learn about the work you do, and I hope you feel free to share with him your words of welcome and support. 

Joel’s partner, Jan de Ubl, will be a regular presence in the community. For Jan, who received her education at the University of Pennsylvania prior to embarking on a career as a very successful science teacher, the connection to southeastern Pennsylvania counts as a homecoming also. Joel and Jan look forward to hosting events at the Provost’s House in the years to come, and we look forward to welcoming them as our closest College community neighbors. 

All the best,