Welcome from President Porterfield

Franklin & Marshall is an academically rigorous liberal arts college named for two iconic Americans—inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall.

For more than 225 years, our students have learned by doing, working directly with deeply invested faculty on high-impact research and scholarship.

We recruit students who we believe can become intellectual leaders. They’re curious and hard-working. We teach them to connect ideas, write well, relate theory and practice, understand diversity, ask questions and then answer them.

Within a supportive community that values individuality and developing one’s own voice, our students discover how to unleash their talent and exceed their own expectations. At Franklin & Marshall College, we create the education we seek.

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

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Biography of President Porterfield
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Presidential Search

After F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield announced he had accepted a position as president and CEO of  the Aspen Institute on Nov. 30, 2017, the College has established a search committee to begin looking for his successor. 

About the Presidential Search


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Contact the Office of the President

Phone: 717-358-3971
Fax: 717-358-4183
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, Pa. 17604-3003

Academic Year Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Summer Hours (May 15 - Sept. 4)
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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Latest News

Story 11/30/2017

F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield Named Next Leader of...

Franklin & Marshall College President Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., has been announced by the Aspen Institute as its next president and CEO. Porterfield, who has served as F&M's president since 2011,...

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Story 8/31/2017

Porterfield: Franklin & Marshall is a Mission That Matters

 At the academic year's first Common Hour, President Porterfield spoke to the College’s mission and people. “What most excites me about F&M is not just the numbers. It’s our mission and it’s the...

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Story 8/31/2017

Claiming Our Future: F&M and Liberal Arts Education for the...

Daniel R. Porterfield discusses F&M’s national leadership in advocating for the liberal arts and educational opportunity and provide some exciting updates to begin the academic year. 

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