Franklin & Marshall president to leave college next year, lead D.C. think tank
Franklin & Marshall President Daniel Porterfield plans to leave the Lancaster County college next year to take the helm of a prominent Washington, D.C. think tank.
Porterfield plans to remain with the college until the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. He will then become president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonprofit education and policy research center, in June 2018.
Porterfield joined Franklin & Marshall as president in 2011. He previously served as senior vice president for strategic development at his alma mater, Georgetown University, college officials said in a statement announcing Porterfield's planned departure.
The Aspen Institute named Porterfield its next CEO on Nov. 30. Porterfield will replace current president and CEO Walter Isaacson, who joined the organization in 2003.
Institute leaders say they feel Porterfield, who has done work for the organization in the past, will be a worthy successor.
"When we began this process, we stated publicly that we were looking for a leader who could embrace our mission, elevate others, be an agent of change, tell better stories, preserve integrity, build bridges, reach more Americans, expect excellence and exhibit joy," James Crown, chair of the Aspen Institute's board of trustees, said in Franklin & Marshall's announcement.
"We have found the candidate that fulfills all of those criteria in Dan Porterfield."
The college's board of trustees plans to organize a national search for Porterfield's replacement in the coming months.