Remarks by President Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. on June 21, 2012, at Lancaster Symphony's event honoring Ann Boyd Barshinger in Lancaster, Pa.
Good evening everyone, and welcome to Franklin & Marshall.
We’re delighted to have you all here with us as we honor a great cultivator of human beings, and humanity, Ann Boyd Barshinger. Emerson once wrote that great institutions reflect the lengthening shadows of remarkable individuals. Nothing could be more true of the impact of Ann and Richard Barshinger at Franklin & Marshall College.
Ann continues to build on the legacy she and Dick began together, to make a living, growing mark on our campus. Her generosity and foresight have enabled us to create innovative spaces for teaching, learning and performance; foster faculty excellence with a professorship, held by Professor John Carbon in Music, and minister to the spiritual needs of our community by creating an ecumenical College Chaplain position, held by Reverend Susan Minasian.
Ann is one of those rare leaders who can personally shape both the direction of an institution and the trajectories of individual young lives. Following a commitment that she and Dick made together to establish a scholarship for international studies ten years ago, two years ago Ann generously launched the Barshinger Scholars Program, which empowers high-achieving students from York and Lancaster Counties to change their lives here at F&M, and she has gotten to know each of them personally.
Chad Tothero ’14 and Samantha Perrine ’14 are here this evening – could you please raise your hands.
In the spirit of the evening, I asked the Barshinger Scholars to tell me a little about how Ann has touched their lives.
Tyler Weinhold: “Mrs. Barshinger is a real gem, a woman whose warmth and humor connects her to today’s students.”
Brian Miller: “She’s an amazing woman…[who] constantly reminds me that there’s a lot out there to see, and you should never get too comfortable thinking you understand how things are, how they work….”
Samantha Perrine: “When I applied to Franklin & Marshall, she had faith in me and my potential, maybe more than I had in myself at the time. [Her] sincere interest in my journey through college and beyond is what makes Mrs. Barshinger the powerful and inspirational woman that I have come to respect and honor.”
Kathryn Maurer: “It takes a genuinely kind-hearted person with an incredible will to put time, effort and faith into five students you’ve never met, enabling and encouraging them to follow where they think they belong in life.”
Chad Tothero: “When I stop and realize all she has done for me and my fellow classmates, it inspires me to keep working day after day in hopes that I, too, can some day be in a position to give back to others so graciously.”
Ann, I hope that you take immense satisfaction in launching these young people into lives of leadership. The shadow of your generosity will lengthen for generations to come, both on campus and in the hearts, and minds, and lives of your scholars and all they do in the world.
Thank you, Ann.