Michael Todd has been appointed to serve as Franklin & Marshall’s new vice president for finance and administration. He will begin his duties at F&M July 27.
Todd has served as the chief operating officer at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering since 2017, where he led financial and administrative elements of the University’s fastest-growing academic unit and stewarded its $200 million operating budget. He was also treasurer of the School’s Board of Trustees.
Todd was selected for his new position after a highly competitive national search. Reporting to President Barbara Altmann as a member of F&M’s senior staff, he will oversee all areas of the College’s business operations, including budget and financial planning, human resources, payroll, facilities, public safety and auxiliary services.
“Michael brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to Franklin & Marshall,” said President Barbara Altmann. “He has held executive roles in research, academic affairs, university operations and student affairs. His wide array of leadership abilities, gained not only in higher education, but also in the private sector and in government, are very well suited to this broad portfolio and to working in close collaboration with professional staff, faculty, students, shared governance committees, and other offices. The key to F&M’s continued success is our ability to provide a high-impact residential, undergraduate liberal arts experience in a cost-effective way, and Michael’s leadership across campus will help us achieve our goals. He can help us build new revenue streams as well as innovate in how we run our operations.”
Before his arrival in Charlottesville, Todd was the associate vice president for research operations and partnerships in the University of North Carolina system office for five years, serving as the first leader of the NC Research Campus. He also spent four years as assistant director of residential life at the University of Missouri. Prior to his roles in higher education, Todd earned multiple decorations as a U.S. diplomat and intelligence officer.
“As a leader in liberal arts education, Franklin & Marshall has built a strong reputation for academic excellence. I am honored to be joining President Altmann’s team and collaborate across campus to promote faculty, staff, and student success,” Todd said. “My vision for the fiscal and administrative units is to provide enthusiastic support of the broader College mission. My family and I are excited to join the Franklin & Marshall community.”
Todd earned his MBA at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has completed the Leadership for Senior Executives program at Harvard Business School. He also holds a master’s degree in physics from the University of Virginia and four bachelor’s degrees from the University of Missouri (in physics, Russian, economics and mathematics). He has served on the boards of numerous economic development, scientific, and educational organizations.