President’s Welcome

Franklin & Marshall offers a tremendous combination of the venerable and the contemporary. Our college is one of the oldest in the country, founded in 1787, in the early years of the nation. But it also has developed a wealth of programs and initiatives designed to launch our students into 21st-century lives of success and significance.

Those talented students, who come to us from across the country and around the world, work side by side with our accomplished faculty in a true liberal arts curriculum, producing research and scholarship of impact. Together, they explore the cutting edge of knowledge, setting new standards of academic excellence in an inclusive, supportive and engaged community that values each student’s individuality.

Our faculty mentors provide students with a personalized education, encouraging them to discover and expand their abilities, exceeding their own expectations. We value the common good and succeed together, working to solve intractable challenges and realize creative potential.

I am humbled and honored to be the president of Franklin & Marshall, an inspiring, nationally recognized liberal arts college that sends into the world the kind of citizens and leaders it most needs: confident, hard-working and adaptable problem solvers.

Barbara K. Altmann, Ph.D.

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Office of the President

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Valuing Diversity at F&M  

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Excellence

Our commitment to valuing diversity requires that all members from the F&M community work toward inclusive excellence. As a community, Franklin & Marshall College is addressing issues related to race and identity. 

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Latest News

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Wellness in the Time of COVID

President Altmann will welcome the F&M community back to campus and facilitate a panel discussion about wellness during this time of pandemic. 

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Common Hour - Leading and Learning in Uncertain Times
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Leading and Learning in Uncertain Times

President Altmann speaks with student leaders Adney Silva '22, Hermela Assefa '22, and Holly Batchelder '23 

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Story 3/4/2020

Noll named next Board of Trustees chair

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,...

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