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JRS/USA board member to head F&M College
November 16, 2010

JRS/USA board member to head F&M College
Daniel R. Porterfield
"I am excited and honored at the prospect of leading Franklin & Marshall College, a historic American institution poised for remarkable influence in the 21st century,” said Porterfield.
(Lancaster, Pa.) November 16, 2010 –  Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., a senior vice president at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., was named the 15th president of Franklin & Marshall College today by the College's Chair of the Board Lawrence I. Bonchek, M.D. Porterfield will join the College March 1, 2011, although his transition will begin next month.

Bonchek said, "Dan Porterfield proved so extraordinarily appealing, so talented and so incontestably right for F&M, for Lancaster, and for leadership in higher education, that though the search committee had been evaluating a large group of other eminently qualified candidates, it became almost immediately clear who would be our inevitable choice. Dan is totally dedicated to using his considerable intellectual powers, his managerial talent, his personal magnetism, his strategic vision and his encompassing interest in those who learn and those who teach to advance the welfare of Franklin & Marshall."

Currently, Porterfield serves as Georgetown’s senior vice president for strategic development, leading in the development of major institutional projects. His purview includes institutional positioning, social impact strategy, civic engagement, communications, government relations, community relations and intercollegiate athletics.

An assistant professor of English at Georgetown since 1997, Porterfield regularly teaches literature courses dealing with human rights, education and social justice. He and his family have lived in a residence hall on campus for more than seven years, and he is very active in campus culture and life.

Prior to coming to Georgetown in 1997, he served for four years as a senior aide to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala.

A recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship and a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, Porterfield earned his Ph.D. in English from The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown and subsequently earned a second bachelor’s degree from Hertford College at Oxford University.

Porterfield has received numerous honors for teaching excellence at Georgetown. In 2010, he received the School of Foreign Service Faculty Excellence Award and, in 2008, he was awarded the Georgetown College Edward Bunn, S.J., Award. Both awards are the schools’ highest honors for faculty distinction. In 2003, he was selected by the student body for the Dorothy Brown Award for exemplary commitment to the educational advancement of students.

In the 1980s Porterfield founded Georgetown University's D.C. Schools Project and After School Kids Program, two continuing social justice projects that allow several hundred students a year to work with immigrant children and at-risk youth. He now serves on the board of directors of the Cristo Rey Network and of Jesuit Refugee Service-USA.

"I am excited and honored at the prospect of leading Franklin & Marshall College, a historic American institution poised for remarkable influence in the 21st century,” said Porterfield. "This College aspires to greatness in liberal arts education. Its faculty includes major scholars and innovative teachers. Its students are talented, thoughtful strivers known for their love of learning and desire to make a difference. Its alumni live lives of meaning and integrity. With a distinctive culture that prizes academic rigor, holistic learning, community spirit and civic engagement, Franklin & Marshall is a leader in higher education. I look forward to joining all who carry out its crucial mission."

A native of Baltimore, Porterfield is married to Karen A. Herrling, an advocacy attorney in state and local enforcement of immigrant rights. They have three school-age children.

Franklin & Marshall College’s presidential search committee, made up of trustees, faculty members, students and professional staff, was led by Trustee Sue Washburn, principal of Washburn & McGoldrick Inc., a consulting firm in higher education philanthropy. Assisting as search consultant was Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates.

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Dulcey Antonucci (Director of Media Relations, Franklin & Marshall College)