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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.

Jan Masland Promoted to Title IX Coordinator

President Porterfield sent this message to faculty and professional staff on July 30, 2014

Dear Colleagues:
 
As we plan for the new academic year, I am pleased to announce that, effective August 1, Jan Masland will be promoted to the position of Title IX Coordinator.  Jan’s promotion represents the next step in F&M’s continuous efforts to raise awareness about sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct, as well as to provide a safe environment and appropriate resources for our students.
 
The importance of Title IX legislation and the deeply disturbing issue of sexual misconduct on college campuses have been rightly called to the public's attention in recent months by the federal government and by courageous women sharing their stories in the national media. F&M remains as focused and committed in this arena as ever, and aims to show leadership in sustaining robust and effective practices to address this serious issue facing all institutions of higher education.
 
With extensive training and background in all aspects of Title IX compliance and an exceptional sensitivity to victims of sexual misconduct, Jan is a most trusted, compassionate resource for our students. Jan has served as Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the past three years, and has served with distinction in various capacities at F&M for over twenty-five years, including as nurse practitioner, director of student health and wellness education, and sexual assault victim advocate.
 
In this new role, Jan will be at the forefront of new Title IX programs, training, and education for the F&M community this year. Her appointment marks only the latest step in the College's ongoing commitment to maintain a safe, responsible, and equitable campus culture since Title IX was enacted in 1972. Jan will also supervise the addition of a new staff position in the Title IX office and coordinate the College’s compliance with federal and state laws in the arena of Title IX and the reporting of campus crime. In this regard, and in all aspects of her position that require legal advice, she will work closely with Pierce Buller, our recently appointed General Counsel.
 
As Title IX Coordinator, Jan will report to Dean of the College Margaret Hazlett. Margaret's deep knowledge of student affairs and her swift integration into campus life over the past year makes her the right person to oversee these important efforts, and I thank her for taking on this additional role.  
 
With Jan's promotion, the responsibilities that Vice President for Finance and Administration Dave Proulx held as F&M’s Title IX Coordinator for the past two years will now transition to Jan. I remain grateful to Dave for his excellent work in this crucial and rapidly evolving area, and look forward to his continued involvement in the College's ongoing efforts to comply fully with, and exceed, the requirements of the law and our policies.
 
Shortly before the start of the 2014-2015 academic year, I will write to faculty, professional staff and to our students to share additional information about new programs and resources that will build on F&M’s already strong policies and practices in responding to allegations of sexual misconduct. In the meantime, please join me in welcoming Jan to her new position, and in reaffirming the College's commitment to the safety and equity of our campus community.  
 
All the best,
 
Dan

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,

Dan