On Thursday, Feb. 27, the Franklin & Marshall College Board of Trustees unanimously selected Eric W. Noll ’83, P’09 as its next chair. He will begin serving his three-year term as chair July 1, succeeding Susan L. Washburn ’73, who has served in that role since 2016 and has been a member of F&M’s Board of Trustees for 25 years.
Noll has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2008, serving since 2015 as the chair of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves or has served on the Building, Grounds and Sustainability Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Technology Committee, among others. Noll chaired the College’s most recent Presidential Search Committee that brought President Altmann to Franklin & Marshall, as well as serving on the Presidential Search Committee that hired Daniel Porterfield. He served as Franklin & Marshall’s interim president for three months in summer 2018.
Noll lives outside Philadelphia, where he is the CEO of Context Capital Partners. During his career of nearly 30 years in financial services, he has worked at the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Susquehanna International Group and as an Executive Vice President for NASDAQ and CEO of Convergex, a leading global agency broker/dealer. Active in civic matters and the arts, Noll served on the Equity Markets Structure Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission and currently serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University, where he earned his MBA. He also is chair of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and a trustee of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Noll was a double major in economics and government at F&M, where he also was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, the College Band and the College Republicans.
During her years of service to F&M, Washburn has helped oversee dramatic improvements in the physical plant and in the quality and diversity of the student body. She served on three presidential search committees for presidents John Fry, Daniel Porterfield and Barbara Altmann. As Trustee chair, Washburn has led the public launch of the Now to Next capital campaign, the 2017 opening of Shadek Stadium and the construction of the Susan and Benjamin Winter Visual Arts Center, which will open this fall.
A member of Franklin & Marshall’s first class of women and a Lancaster resident, she is a founding principal of Washburn & McGoldrick LLC, a higher education consultancy in strategic planning, development, marketing and governance based in Bryn Mawr, Pa. In 2018, she was awarded the E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), which honors individuals who have made an impact on institutional advancement through their professional accomplishments. She is the former chair of CASE’s international board of trustees.
Franklin & Marshall College, founded in 1787, is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States. Consistently listed among the nation's top 50 liberal arts colleges, F&M offers more than 60 majors and minors to its more than 2,400 students, which hail from 45 states and 47 countries.