Franklin College names Prather as new president

By The Franklin Daily Journal

FRANKLIN — Franklin College officials have chosen a familiar face to lead the school for at least the next two years.

The Franklin College Board of Trustees on Monday named Kerry Prather, who has served in various roles at the college for 38 years, the school’s 17th president. Prather was serving as acting president since Jan. 14, when the college fired its previous president, Thomas J. Minar, following his arrest in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on charges related to sex crimes with a minor.

Prather will serve in the permanent position until the summer of 2022, according to a Franklin College news release.

The move to make Prather president for the next two years and suspend a months-long presidential search until March of next year was due to Prather’s consistency and leadership style at the college, Board of Trustees Chairman James Due said in the news release.

“The Franklin College Board of Trustees recognizes that Kerry Prather’s steady hand, transparent communication style and committed servant leadership are needed during this time of transition to keep the college focused on the important work of doing what is best for students,” Due said. “The campus community and our alumni enthusiastically greeted Kerry’s appointment as acting president, and today’s announcement reflects the board’s confidence in his abilities and leadership.”

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